The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration on Thursday announced it had inked a deal with China to facilitate the deployment of scanners designed to spot smuggled nuclear contraband.
The pact enables cooperation between China's customs authority and the NNSA Second Line of Defense Program, which installs radiation-detection equipment at foreign border crossings, seaports and airports.
The pact "confirms our shared commitment to important global nonproliferation efforts that will help to keep dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, smugglers and proliferators,” stated Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who signed the arrangement with Yu Guangzhou, head of General Administration of China Customs.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.