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UNODA Occasional Papers No.10: Verifying Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Agreements Today, March 2006

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Recent developments in the field of nuclear verification

Important technological innovations in the nuclear field have enabled the International Atomic Energy Agency to draw safeguards conclusions with a high degree of credibility and a minimum of intrusiveness. Yet, challenges remain in detecting nuclear activities involving nonnuclear material where the Agency's authority is limited. Bottlenecks with regard to isotope sample analysis and satellite imagery still need to be addressed. The author notes that the verification authority conferred upon the Agency through additional protocols to safeguards is central to its ability to optimize the use of cutting edge verification technology. Bringing into force comprehensive safeguards agreements with all NPT States parties and additional protocols with all States is therefore a major priority for strengthening the Agency’s safeguards systems.

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