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U.S. and Tunisia to Cooperate on Nuclear Safeguards, Nonproliferation and Peaceful Nuclear Energy Infrastructure

VIENNA, AUSTRIA –The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on nuclear safeguards and other nonproliferation topics with the Tunisia Ministry of Higher Education. NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino and Dr. Adel Trabelsi, Director General of Tunisia’s Centre National des Sciences et Technologies Nucléaires (CNSTN), signed the memorandum at a ceremony at the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference in Vienna, Austria.

“Today’s agreement marks an important milestone in our cooperation with Tunisia and advances our joint interest in nonproliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” said Administrator D'Agostino. “This agreement reflects both our nations’ commitment to supporting the safe and secure expansion of civil nuclear energy. We thank Director General Trabelsi and his colleagues at CNSTN for their collaboration with NNSA, and we look forward to strengthening our cooperation in the coming years.”

This Memorandum of Cooperation allows NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and International Security to cooperate with Tunisia in areas such as human resource development; nuclear safeguards and security; radiation protection; environmental, safety and health issues; low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste management; and reactor operations, safety, and best practices.

The cooperative work under this Memorandum will be managed by NNSA’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative (NGSI). NGSI is a robust, multi-year program to develop the policies, concepts, technologies, expertise, and international infrastructure necessary to strengthen and sustain the international safeguards system.

Photos from today’s ceremony are available here.

Additional information on NNSA’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative is available here.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.