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Challenges and Opportunities in the Work of the IAEA

Spotlight: Nuclear Agency Chief Says Iran Ready to Talk on Turkish Fuel Plan

Tehran and leading nuclear powers are ready to discuss how to supply Iran with fuel for a nuclear reactor designed for medical research, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano said Monday.

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Since its establishment in 1957, the Agency has pursued two fundamental goals: preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and helping to make nuclear technologies available for peaceful applications, especially through Technical Cooperation with developing countries.

Nuclear power is of increasing importance to IAEA Member States. More than 60 countries are considering introducing nuclear power to generate electricity and seeking IAEA assistance. It is the sovereign decision of each individual country whether or not to add nuclear power to its energy mix.

A lesser known area of the IAEA’s activities is nuclear applications: making advanced nuclear science and technology available to help Member States meet the basic needs of their peoples. This includes assistance in areas such as human health, agriculture and the management of water resources.

In nuclear non-proliferation, the Agency’s job is to verify that States are fully complying with their non-proliferation obligations and that nuclear material has not been diverted from peaceful nuclear activities. Key current safeguards issues include the nuclear programmes of Iran and of North Korea.

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Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Monday, 02 August 2010
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Auditorium, Level 3, Block B, Faculty of Law,
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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