USA and Kazakhstan strengthen coop against illegal transportation of nuclear materials

ANA. October 30. KAZINFORM /Arnur Rakhymbekov/ Vice Chairman of the Kazakh Customs Control Committee Serzhan Duissebayev and Deputy Director Eleanor Melamed of the Second Line of Defense Program for the U.S. Department of Energy intimated on the launch of five new posts equipped with radiation detection system yesterday in Astana.  

According to the US Embassy in Kazakhstan this step forward in the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is another example of the strong and growing strategic partnership that exists between Kazakhstan and the United States.  

U.S. Department of Energy and Kazakhstan's Ministry of Finance have been working together on the prevention of illicit trafficking in nuclear materials since 2006, and today's signing ceremony underlines the success of these cooperative efforts.  Under today's agreement, the U.S. Department of Energy will continue to provide assistance that will strengthen Customs Control Committee capabilities in the detection and prevention of illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials.

From 2006- 2009, Kazakhstan installed this high-tech Russian radiation detection equipment at twelve of its border customs posts.  Six more posts will receive radiation portal monitors by the end of 2010, and thirty posts will be fully equipped by the end of 2015.


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