It is often difficult, even for those that specialize in verification, to get a grip on how the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) safeguards system actually works. Most would know that it involves the state declaring that they have a certain amount of material, with the IAEA checking that the declaration is correct. But how does the inspectors actually go about checking this, and how do states in practice declare their fissile material holdings? A new set of documents on the Agency website shows just that. A little gem of a page can be found hidden in a crevice deep inside the Agency’s sprawling website.
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Crossposted from the VERTIC blog.
by Andreas Persbo
This month's featured article is taken from the December 2010 ESARDA Bulletin, in which Dr. Bruno Pellaud discusses the important events and their outcomes of last year. A Personal Appraisal of 2010… reviews the continued efforts of leading organisations and national support programmes to improve the effectiveness of the safeguards system.
Read more: 2010 ESARDA Bulletin