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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The NNSA delegation had another busy day in Vienna!

Mark Whitney interview screenshotToday, Administrator D'Agostino held a roundtable with reporters covering the IAEA General Conference to discuss President Obama's nuclear security agenda and the U.S. delegation's efforts to promote partnerships and raise awareness of that agenda.

The Administrator also announced the signing of a memorandum of cooperation with Tunisia on nuclear safeguards and other nonproliferation issues. This partnership was negotiated through our Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, which is featured in today’s video.

Improving safeguards is an important part of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda and a focus at the IAEA General Conference because of the increased international attention to peaceful uses of nuclear power.

To that end, NNSA recently unveiled a new online tool, featured in today’s video, to help countries implement their safeguards commitments under the IAEA Additional Protocol, under which countries agree to declare a broader range of facilities and activities to the IAEA, making them available to inspections aimed at ensuring that civilian nuclear programs are not being diverted to military programs.

The U.S. delegation to the General Conference also includes officials from NNSA's Office of Emergency Response, which is the nation's premier responder to any nuclear or radiological incident within the United States or abroad and provides operational planning and training to counter both domestic and international nuclear terrorism.

Admiral Joseph Krol, Associate Administrator for Emergency Response, and other officials have conducted eight bilateral meetings, including three with Administrator D'Agostino, and several pull-aside conversations to further NNSA cooperation with the IAEA and ensure that all member nations have access to necessary response assets.

View photos from the Administrator's press roundtable, the signing with Tunisia and other events here:

Administrator D'Agostino hosts a media roundtable at IAEA 2010 GC