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Kuwait, US sign N-deal

Kuwait and America have inked a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on nuclear safeguards and other non-proliferation topics.

world Updated: Jun 25, 2010 20:55 IST

Kuwait and America have inked a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on nuclear safeguards and other non-proliferation topics.

The MoC was signed by Secretary General of the Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNNEC) Ahmad Bishara and the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Thomas D'Agostino during a ceremony held at the Department of Energy, Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA) reported today.

The MOC proposes cooperation in nuclear legislation and regulations, human resource planning and modelling, nuclear safeguards and security, radiation protection, environmental, safety and health issues, low and intermediate-level radioactive waste management, reactor operations, safety and best practices.

During the ceremony, D'Agostino said "it is clear that both of our countries recognise the importance of preventing nuclear proliferation, and keeping dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and proliferators."

"Understanding, developing and implementing proper nuclear safeguards is an important part of any successful nuclear energy programme, and this agreement helps strengthen nonproliferation efforts around the world," he said.

Under this agreement, INSEP programme will work with KNNEC to help "establish the laws and regulations to govern a safe, secure, and peaceful nuclear energy programme; maintain effective implementation of the IAEA Small Quantities Protocol and Additional Protocol..."

Kuwait Ambassador to US Sheikh Salem Abdullah al-Jaber Al-Sabah said: "Kuwait is an oil-producing country but that does not put aside our willingness and ability to look into other sources of energy as our population increases and as our demand for electric generation increases."

He said Kuwait's interest in nuclear energy is a "natural matter, as it is a means to provide future energy needs of Kuwait."

Kuwait will also work with "full transparency" in its nuclear programme and in conformity with its friends and allies in and out of the region, the Ambassador said, adding that Kuwait's nuclear programme will oblige to all the international commitments."