National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA and Argentina partner to strengthen nuclear safeguards

August 16, 2018

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U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Edward C. Prado welcomed participants to the Embassy Residence on the opening night of the National Safeguards Inspections Regional Workshop in Buenos Aires in June 2018.
U.S. Ambassador Edward C. Prado welcomed participants to the Embassy Residence in Buenos Aires on the opening night of the workshop.

NNSA and the Argentinian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (ARN) co-hosted a National Safeguards Inspections Regional Workshop in Buenos Aires in June. The workshop was organized to build expertise and share best practices for inspecting nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards agreements.

“The workshop is the first time ARN and NNSA have jointly hosted a regional workshop on international safeguards” said Dr. Brent Park, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. “This collaboration represents a significant milestone in almost 25 years of international safeguards cooperation between the United States and Argentina.”

International safeguards are the technical measures used by the IAEA to verify that States are using nuclear technology solely for peaceful purposes. NNSA’s International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program supports the IAEA’s efforts to implement nuclear safeguards around the world through workshops such as this one.

The workshop allowed participating countries to share best practices for national inspections as well as to improve regional collaboration and communication on safeguards issues.

National inspections are part of the IAEA’s goal of preventing nuclear proliferation. When countries proactively inspect their own nuclear materials and facilities using good practices, the IAEA can more efficiently and effectively carry out its verification mission.

“The success of the National Safeguards Inspections Regional Workshop reflects the long-lasting cooperation between DOE and ARN and the mutual commitment to nuclear nonproliferation, and also offers a concrete example of how the benefits of a key bilateral partnership can extend to other countries,” said Néstor Masriera, President of the Board of Directors, Argentina Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

Participants also included representatives from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.