India will counter nuclear smuggling: PM

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the leaders at the  Opening Plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016. Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the leaders at the Opening Plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016.
Photo-PTI

During the final day of the Nuclear Security Summit in United States, Modi informed the world leaders of the initiatives taken by his government in the area of nuclear security and non-proliferation

In the nuclear security conference attended by more than 50 world leader Modi said that India will continue to accord a high national priority to nuclear security through strong institutional framework, independent regulatory agency and trained and specialized manpower.

The national plan outlined by PM includes development and deployment of technology to deter and defend against nuclear terrorism.

“These include physical and cyber barriers, technological approaches, setting up a facility for medical grade ‘Moly-99′ using low enriched Uranium and using vitrified forms of vulnerable radioisotopes such as Ceasium-137,” the national plan says.

Modi informed the gathering that India has already setup a dedicated counter-nuclear smuggling team

“India will counter nuclear smuggling and strengthen the national detection architecture for nuclear and radioactive material, “said Modi.

Narendra Modi has also announced a workshop with International Atomic Energy Association experts on International Physical Protection Assessment Service (IPPAS) in India.

India, he said, will join trilateral initiative of NSS chairs circulated at IAEA by subscribing states as the joint statement on strengthening nuclear security implementation.

India will host an international conference under the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in 2017 title on countering nuclear smuggling.

India’s export controls list and guidelines have been harmonized with those of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and India looks forward to strengthening its contribution to shared non-proliferation objectives through membership of the export controls regimes, it said.

Under the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems Act, 2005 The Prime Minister of India has to outline India’s roadmap, vision and measures taken by the country to ensure nuclear safety and security to United Nations.