U.S. and Croatia to Cooperate in Preventing the Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive Materials

Press Release
Jun 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia.  The MOU will allow NNSA to help equip Croatia’s strategic points of entry—such as border crossings, airports, and seaports—with new radiation detection systems and train Croatian Customs in the use and maintenance of this equipment. The cooperation will strengthen the capability of Croatia to deter, detect, and interdict illicit trafficking in nuclear and other radioactive materials in the Balkan region.

“This agreement with Croatia is the latest example of NNSA’s commitment to work with our international partners to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear and radiological material,” NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Ken Baker said.  “Croatia is an important partner in preventing proliferation and we look forward to continuing to work with them to improve border security and combat nuclear terrorism.”

NNSA’s Second Line of Defense (SLD) program, which works collaboratively with foreign governments at border crossings, airports, seaports, and other points of entry to install specialized radiation detection equipment and associated communications equipment, plays a critical role in the U.S. effort to implement President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

The SLD Program also provides training to host government border guard officials and other personnel to detect smuggled nuclear and other radioactive materials.  NNSA has installed similar equipment at over 300 sites in 40 countries around the world.

NNSA has also worked with Croatia on strengthening its export controls to prevent the illicit transfer of nuclear technologies.  Specifically, the International Nonproliferation Export Control Program has engaged Croatian Customs on commodity identification and portable metal analyzer training in order to strengthen Croatian enforcement of export controls.

For a fact sheet on NNSA’s Second Line of Defense Program, click here.

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