German Government assists modernization of IAEA safeguards lab

Rolf Nikel, the Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control, visited the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, near Vienna, on 2 May and was present as the first of two mass spectrometers financed by Germany started operations.

The director of the laboratory, Dr Gabriele Voigt, outlined what progress had been made on the overall project of giving the IAEA state-of-the-art safeguard analysis capabilities. The investment involved comes to more than 60 million euros and is provided for the most part through voluntary contributions from the member states. The 7.5 million euros made available by Germany are being used to purchase high-resolution analysis equipment for nuclear forensics and safeguard duties as well as protection for the laboratory itself in the form of, for example, modern surveillance and security technology.

Generally speaking, safeguards are measures provided for by the Non-Proliferation Treaty which are taken in non-nuclear-weapon countries to verify that fissile material is only being used for civilian purposes.

Last updated 04.05.2012

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