NPT event on the Additional Protocol
On 8 May 2012, VERTIC’s Executive Director, Andreas Persbo, launched our new project on the Additional Protocol before a packed conference room in the Vienna International Centre. The meeting, chaired by Ambassador Susan Burk, US Special Representative of the President for nuclear non-proliferation, also featured presentations by other governments or entities offering assistance on the Additional Protocol.
Ambassador Hamad Ali Al-Kaabi of the United Arab Emirates, for instance, spoke of his country’s experience in implementing the protocol. He highlighted the good work of the US safeguards engagement programme, the importance of training to make implementers understand the regulations, and essence of understanding the reporting requirements under the protocol.
Mr Taisuke Mibae, Director, Non-Proliferation, Science and Nuclear Energy Division, Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Science Department of the Japanese Foreign Ministry highlighted his own country’s assortment of courses and training programmes on safeguards.
Mr. Jinho Chung, Researcher, Non-Proliferation Policy Division at the Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Control (KINAC) addressed the ROK’s effort to develop safeguards approaches to pyroprocessing plants. He also stressed the 2014 launch of the International Nuclear Security Academy (INSA).
Mr. Matthew Van Sickle, Team Lead, International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement of the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration spoke about his own programmes effort in offering a very wide range of assistance on safeguards. His presentation is available here.
Mr. Persbo’s presentation, available here, focused on activities that VERTIC is planning for the coming year. He stressed that if the NNSA ‘is cruising at 30,000 ft, VERTIC has just got clearance to start engines’. He stressed the importance of good regulations for safeguards implementation. He pointed out that more Additional Protocol states means an increased reporting burden not only for the states, but also for the Department of Safeguards. It is therefore important, he said, to work on the ‘quality of reporting’ and to, in a nutshell, ‘make it as easy as possible’ for all parties involved.
In addition, VERTIC staff held consultations with senior officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency and with several prospective client governments.
Last changed: May 15 2012 at 12:31 PMBack