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29 March 2006

U.S. a Major Supporter of Atomic Energy Agency, Official Says

All IAEA weapons inspectors trained in U.S., says nuclear agency deputy administrator

By David Anthony Denny
Washington File Staff Writer

Washington -- The United States is a major contributor to the international community's principal guardian against nuclear weapons proliferation, an Energy Department official says.

In March 29 testimony before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee, the principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Jerry Paul, detailed U.S. support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

President Bush has focused on increasing IAEA funding within the United Nations and continuing to provide technical support to the IAEA and its secretary-general, Mohamed ElBaradei.

"Every one of the more than 200 nuclear weapons inspectors at the IAEA were trained at Los Alamos National Laboratory here in America, here within the National Nuclear Security Administration," Paul said.  "We're very proud to continue to fund that training."

The IAEA has 128 governments as members, Paul said, but the United States provides 25 percent of its funding.

"We also provide … on a rotational basis, a lot of our technical experts from our national laboratories" to work with the IAEA, he added.  “I am in the process right now of increasing the number of technical experts that we send over there."

The full text of Paul's prepared testimony(PDF, 12 pages) is available on the committee Web site.

For more information on U.S. policy, see Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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