Japan vows to work with IAEA on nuclear materials safety

08:53, April 14, 2010      

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Japanese officials Tuesday vowed to adopt effective and efficient measures to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to secure nuclear materials.

Kazuo Kodamo, the press secretary of the Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry, said at a press conference during the Nuclear Security Summit that Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told the summit's panel session Japan will increase contributions to IAEA in terms of human and financial resources as a way to actively counter nuclear terrorism and improve the safety management of the nuclear materials.

The detailed measures include a 5 million-U.S.-dollar project for protection of the nuclear materials in cooperation with IAEA and a voluntary contribution of 1.2 million dollars to IAEA's nuclear security program, said the spokesman.

The Japanese leader also suggested to invite experts from other Asian countries and provide them with training in safety management of nuclear materials. Japan also offered during the summit to host an international conference of the Vienna-based World Institute for the Nuclear Safety by the end of this year, said Kodamo.

Leaders and representatives from 47 countries attended the summit to seek international cooperation to secure the nuclear materials and prevent them from being obtained by terrorists. Japan believes that it is its moral obligation to take part in the nuclear non-proliferation course as the only nation that has been subjected to nuclear weapons.



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