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Is the IAEA's Safeguard Strategic Plan Sufficient

IAEA strategic planPaper presented at the IAEA Symposium on International Safeguards, “Linking Strategy, Implementation and People,” held in Vienna, Austria, October 22, 2014.
 
IAEA safeguards have much improved since their inception and the Safeguards Department is commendably continually improving its technical capabilities and planning to make full use of its statutory authority.  The question remains: Will this be enough to keep countries from exploiting nuclear power programs to develop nuclear weapons, or to be in a position to do so rapidly should they so decide?

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Download the IAEA's Safeguard Strategic Plan as a PDF

Source: The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC)

Defining Effective Strategic Trade Controls at the National Level

logo strThis paper sets out what measures states must implement to meet their supply-side non-proliferation obligations and commitments. The paper begins by considering what could be meant by the terms strategic export control, strategic trade control, and strategic trade management in relation to dual-use goods– terms that are often used interchangeably by the practitioner community. It also explores what trade control measures states must implement at the national level to fulfil these commitments. The paper concludes by considering what might be meant by the term “full implementation” of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 from a supply-side non-proliferation control perspective.

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Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Not the North Korea Deal

gettyAs negotiations and debate proceed over a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, comparisons will inevitably be made with the 1994 Agreed Framework that sought to end North Korea’s (the DPRK’s) nuclear weapons program. That earlier agreement failed due to a combination of factors. Many observers assert that a comprehensive agreement with Iran that will potentially be finalized in summer 2015 will also fail to prevent that country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

source: carnegieendowment.org

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As negotiations and debate proceed over a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, comparisons will inevitably be made with the 1994 Agreed Framework that sought to end North Korea’s (the DPRK’s) nuclear weapons program. That earlier agreement failed due to a combination of factors. Many observers assert that a comprehensive agreement with Iran that will potentially be finalized in summer 2015 will also fail to prevent that country from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Read more at: http://carnegieendowment.org/2015/04/28/why-iran-nuclear-deal-is-not-north-korea-deal/i7wa

Safeguards Indexing Method for the Regulatory Assessment of Safeguards Culture at Nuclear Facilities

B52 thumbThis month's article features one of the peer reviewed articles appearing in issue 52 of the ESARDA Bulletin. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) has just introduced a safeguards indexing method for evaluation the safeguards culture at Hungarian nuclear facilities. The main goal of this indexing method is to provide a useful tool for the regulatory body to evaluate the safeguards culture at nuclear facilities.

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Nuclear Safeguards Concepts, Requirements, and Principles applicable to Nuclear Security

Nuclear Safeguards ConceptsNuclear safeguards or commonly known as the safeguards implemented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is based on the principles of the Non-Proliferation Treaty ( NPT ). NPT is the centerpiece of global efforts to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons which entered into force in March 1970 after being ratified by 40 States. Today, it is the treaty most widely adhered to in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation by more than 190 States party.

Source: www.nsgeg.org