Nuclear technology can help countries meet development needs

2 Mar 2015

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IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

Countries can meet their development needs using nuclear technology, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The world’s intergovernmental forum for the peaceful use of nuclear technology held a meeting of its Board of Governors on Monday.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano also spoke about nuclear verification in Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Stephanie Coutrix reports.
Nuclear technology can help meet global needs.
That’s what the IAEA Director General underscored at the latest gathering of the 163-member agency which meets five times a year.
Yukiya Amano said that when he visits Member States, it is gratifying to observe the beneficial impact this technology has on the lives of millions of people.
He also highlighted a proposal for a new project designed to strengthen Africa’s regional capacity for the diagnosis of infectious diseases of animals which can be transmitted to humans.
“These are known as zoonotic diseases and they include the Ebola Virus Disease. The project will support the establishment of early warning systems, and build national and regional capacity for the fast and sensitive diagnosis of zoonotic diseases.”
Regarding Iran, Mr Amano said the IAEA is not in a position to provide what he called “credible assurance” about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities.
He added that the agency cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is  peaceful.
In addition, the Director General expressed concern about the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
He called upon them to resolve all outstanding issues, including complying fully with its obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.
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