From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 13 2005 - 23:24:44 EDT
U.S., Djibouti to Cooperate Against Nuclear Smuggling
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
The United States has agreed to deploy radiation detectors at a major
port in Djibouti as part of an ongoing effort to deter smuggling of
potential nuclear weapons materials, the U.S. National Nuclear Security
Administration announced today (see GSN, Dec. 6).
"This agreement highlights the shared commitment of the United States
and the Republic of Djibouti to combat nuclear terrorism," NNSA Deputy
Administrator William Tobey said in a press release. "The Port of
Djibouti plays an important role in the global maritime shipping system
by linking Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Persian Gulf. Djibouti's
strategic location as a crossroads between East and West underscores the
importance of this agreement to increase international maritime
Along with installing the technology, NNSA personnel would train workers
in the African nation on its use.
The deployment is planned under the U.S. agency's Second Line of Defense
program, which is intended to help other nations prevent terrorists from
acquiring sensitive materials. Technology has been fielded in 19 ports
through the Megaports Initiative and deployment efforts are continuing
at more than 20 additional sites around the world (U.S. National Nuclear
Security Administration release, Dec. 11).
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