Morocco is one of just 12 countries to have ratified this “important” nuclear security amendment, part of the country’s “important role in promoting nuclear security regionally and globally”:
Morocco’s ratification today of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) brings to just 12 the number of countries whose ratification is required for the Amendment to enter into force. The Amendment obliges countries to protect nuclear facilities, as well as nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport. It also provides for increased international cooperation on locating and recovering stolen or smuggled nuclear material, to mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and to prevent and combat related offences.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano welcomes Morocco’s ratification of the Amendment as an important step to bolster nuclear security worldwide. “Nuclear security is a longstanding and real issue that all countries need to take very seriously,” Mr Amano said earlier this week in the Philippines. “Terrorists always target the weakest link, so we need to work together to address that. Entry into force of this amendment is the most important step forward we can take in the field of nuclear security.”
The CPPNM, the only legally binding international undertaking in the area of physical protection of nuclear material, entered into force in 1987. It focuses on the physical protection of nuclear material used for peaceful purposes during international transport. In 2005, the Parties to the Convention adopted the Amendment to broaden the scope of the original Convention…[FULL STORY]