ABU DHABI -- The safeguard inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, accompanied by representatives of the UAE's Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, have completed their mission to the UAE where they verified the correctness and completeness of the UAE's Initial Inventory of nuclear material, FANR announced on Thursday.

The Initial Inventory is a strategic document, which was prepared by FANR, based on the UAE's State System of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material, SSAC, a register of all nuclear material and its possessors and users within the UAE territory. The Initial Inventory was submitted to the IAEA through the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA in Vienna, Austria.

The UAE is complying with its obligations based on the agreement signed between the UAE and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Additional Protocol and the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 6 of 2009 as well FANR regulations, FANR said.

Under these provisions, any possession, use or handling of nuclear material in the UAE is required to be licensed by FANR.

"The UAE has been working very closely with the IAEA in developing and implementing the comprehensive safeguards system in the country, and in line with Agency's safeguards requirements," said Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Atomic Energy Agency. "This is a significant achievement and represents another milestone in the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme."

During this mission, IAEA safeguards inspectors visited Barakah Nuclear Power Plant and other locations in the UAE where small amounts of nuclear material are used.

Through the UAE's international commitments, IAEA Safeguards inspectors are authorised to carry out inspections within the UAE to verify the correctness and completeness of the Initial Report.

The objective of IAEA Safeguards is to deter the spread of nuclear weapons by the early detection of the misuse of nuclear material or technology. This provides credible assurances that States are honouring their legal obligations that nuclear material is being used only for peaceful purposes, FANR said.

IAEA Safeguards are a set of technical measures applied by the IAEA on nuclear material and activities, through which the IAEA seeks to independently verify that nuclear facilities are not misused and nuclear material not diverted from peaceful uses. States accept these measures through the conclusion of safeguards agreements.

The IAEA uses the results of its verification activities, together with all other available information, to draw safeguards conclusions that nuclear material in States is used exclusively for peaceful purposes.

During a follow-up meeting between FANR and IAEA representatives held in the Agency headquarters in Vienna, the IAEA confirmed the correctness and completeness of information submitted by the UAE in the Initial Inventory of Nuclear Material and the Summary Report submitted by the IAEA to the UAE Permanent Mission in Vienna also confirmed that no findings were identified in the UAE Initial Inventory.

"FANR is proud to reach this goal with the IAEA, and looks forward to boost our cooperation towards the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme," said Ladislav Bartak, Director of FANR Safeguards Department.

Source: Emirates News Agency