China, U.S. Ink Deal to Counter Illicit Atomic Trafficking

Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 19, 2013, 12:02 p.m.

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.

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