Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

The Netherlands to work with IAEA to promote nuclear security

The Netherlands is joining forces with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stop nuclear material from falling into the wrong hands. ‘Together we’ll make the world a safer place,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans, following a meeting with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano.

The Netherlands and the IAEA are committed to preventing nuclear terrorism. The Nuclear Security Summit, which the Netherlands is hosting in The Hague in 2014, is specifically devoted to that issue. The Netherlands sees a larger role for the IAEA in the area of nuclear security. The minister offered his support to the IAEA on this front. As Mr Timmermans said, ‘Nuclear security is a global issue. And it calls for a global forum.’ In July the member states of the IAEA will decide on whether to strengthen the Agency’s role.

Mr Timmermans and Mr Amano also discussed developments in North Korea and Iran. ‘The Netherlands is greatly concerned about current developments in the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea. Both countries are acting in contravention of their international obligations.’ The minister thanked the IAEA for the professional and objective way in which it works with the two countries.

Earlier in the day Mr Amano spoke with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He also inaugurated the international master’s programme in nuclear security at Delft University of Technology. The programme is a concrete example of an investment in better nuclear security. Mr Amano delivered a guest lecture at the university and was given a tour of the Reactor Institute Delft.