UAE reaffirms commitment to peaceful nuclear energy

VIENNA — The UAE has confirmed its keenness to apply the highest standards of nuclear safety and security through the implementation of its programme of peaceful nuclear energy in full transparency and commitment to the highest standards in addition to its commitment to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Published: Fri 23 Sep 2011, 11:17 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:56 AM

“We have committed ourselves to using peaceful nuclear energy in abidance with the highest standards of safety and security, and has adopted a detailed policy in 2008 for the development of a peaceful nuclear energy programme. The national policy endorses principles of complete transparency, a commitment to the highest standards of non-proliferation and full cooperation with the IAEA as fundamental principles by which all nuclear activities and programmes should be governed,” Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA said in a statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency 55th General Conference in Vienna. The UAE will continue to work closely with the IAEA and cooperate with international partners reaching to the implementation of its programme to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy in a sustainable manner highlighting the developments of the UAE’s nuclear programme during the past year, he added.

“This December, the UAE will receive its first IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service Mission (IRRS). It is the first time that this IRRS Mission is held at such an early stage in a country embarking on a nuclear programme. I take pride in highlighting this fact, which marks significant progress towards developing the UAE as a model for nuclear new-comers in a transparent and response manner,” he said.

He added that the UAE, through its newly established nuclear regulator, has already issued 11 new regulations for the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear applications, and launched a successful licensing process and a thorough inspections programme. —

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