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U.S. and Dutch Governments Agree to Expand Cooperation to Secure Materials that Could be Used in Dirty Bombs

May 04, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.
– The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Government of the
Netherlands
today announced an agreement to expand their partnership to help combat nuclear
terrorism around the world. Under the agreement, signed by NNSA Deputy
Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington and Deputy
Chief of Mission of the Royal Netherlands
Embassy Gerard van der Wulp, the Dutch government will contribute $500,000 to
support NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) program work in Kazakhstan.

“We welcome the
Netherlands’ continued partnership and generous support of our efforts to
implement the unprecedented nuclear security agenda outlined by President Obama
at the Nuclear Security Summit,” said Harrington. “This latest contribution is
evidence of our shared commitment to investing in the future of a global
campaign to secure vulnerable nuclear material around the world and prevent terrorists
and proliferators from acquiring dangerous radioactive materials.”

“The
Netherlands is committed to guaranteeing nuclear security and combating nuclear
terrorism.  Our signing of thisDutch signing
Memorandum of Understanding with the United States is a concrete illustration
of the Netherlands' active participation in the Nuclear Security Summit, the
Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and the G8 Global Partnership,”
said Deputy Chief of Mission Gerard van der Wulp.

As part of its
radiological security mission, NNSA’s GTRI works with partner countries to search
for radiological sources that have been abandoned or disused, remove them and
place them in secure storage, and improve radiological transportation security.  The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’
contribution will be used to support a search and secure training course for
officials from the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies to identify
and secure vulnerable, radiological sources. 
The contribution will also support the provision of secure
transportation equipment and the recovery of high-activity sources.  The assistance will provide Kazakhstan with
additional tools and skills to identify, secure and remove radioactive materials
in the future.

NNSA has developed
similar partnerships with Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of
Korea, and the United Kingdom.  The
financial and in-kind contributions from international partners support NNSA’s
nonproliferation efforts around the world.

Through the Global
Threat Reduction Initiative, NNSA works with foreign governments
to identify, secure, remove and/or facilitate the disposition of high risk
vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials around the world that pose a
threat to the United States and the international community. GTRI works to
reduce and protect vulnerable nuclear and radiological material located at
civilian sites around the world.

For a fact sheet
on NNSA’s GTRI program, click here

Recently,
President Obama submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2012.
It includes $2.5 billion in FY 2012 and $14.2 billion over the next five years
to reduce the global nuclear threat by detecting, securing, safeguarding,
disposing and controlling nuclear and radiological material, as well as
promoting the responsible application of nuclear technology and science,
highlighting the critical role NNSA and its nonproliferation programs play in
implementing the President’s nuclear security agenda.

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Established
by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S.
Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the
military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security
enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and
performance of the U.S.
nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger
from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and
effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological
emergencies in the U.S.
and abroad.

For
more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have been joined by
the values of freedom, justice and an entrepreneurial spirit. A vibrant
economic force, the Netherlands is also the third largest investor in America
and a reliable trade and investment partner to the U.S. The Royal Netherlands
Embassy, Dutch Consulates General and Honorary Consuls in the U.S. promote
strong bilateral relations between the United States and the Netherlands in the
areas of peace and stability; international law; energy and climate; water
management; international human rights; and creative industries. The
Netherlands and the United States: Two countries, one spirit united by values,
history and a vision of the future.

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information: Combating
Global Security Threats From Non-State, Criminal Actors - The Royal Netherlands
Embassy in Washington DC
 

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