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IAEA Links Science To Nuclear Transparency

VIENNA, Jan. 6 (UPI) — A research facility planned for Austria will expand the IAEA’s ability to verify the peaceful use of nuclear materials, an official said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it was establishing a new nuclear material laboratory in Austria. When the project is completed in 2014, the facility would update the IAEA’s ability to examine nuclear samples.

“(The laboratory will) provide the IAEA with a modern and expandable capability for nuclear sample analyses, collected from all points along the nuclear fuel cycle,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement.

Amano added that updating the agency’s research capabilities is “vital” to verifying compliance with and upholding the integrity of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In November, the IAEA claimed Iran wasn’t providing cooperation needed to ensure its nuclear program was peaceful. Syrian, meanwhile, hadn’t provided answers about its nuclear ambitions while uranium enrichment in North Korea was seen by the IAEA as “deeply troubling.”

Arms control authorities in Washington had said Iran has a right to nuclear power “but only when it is in full and transparent compliance with its international nuclear obligations.”

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