ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Tuesday said it had established a comprehensive and effective national nuclear security regime which is at par with the latest international standards and guidelines.
The Foreign Office in a statement on eve of the second Ministerial Nuclear Security Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), being held in Vienna on 5-6 December 2016, said the regime is based on an extensive legislative and regulatory framework governing the security of nuclear material, radioactive substances, associated facilities and activities.
This is backed by strong institutions and organizations with the requisite authorities, resources and trained manpower for effective implementation.
On the occasion of the second Ministerial Nuclear Security Conference of IAEA,the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a brochure outlining Pakistan’s nuclear security regime.
It’s a part of Pakistan’s policy to provide awareness and transparency about measures taken by it to strengthen nuclear security nationally.
The brochure, copies of which have been distributed among the participants of the Nuclear Security Conference, can be accessed online on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Pakistan keeps its nuclear security systems and measures under constant review and continues to invest in relevant technologies and human resources, the statement said and added Pakistan has established an independent nuclear regulatory authority with wide-ranging regulatory and inspection mandate.
It said Pakistan’s nuclear security arrangements have been recognized at the international level by several high-ranking officials and experts.
During his inaugural address at the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference in Vienna on 5th December 2016, the IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, expressed his appreciation for Pakistan Center of Excellence on Nuclear Security (PCENS).
PCENS has developed into an important hub for training in various aspects of nuclear security and has hosted several international and regional training events including those sponsored by the IAEA.