According to a new report, the IAEA “will not be able to develop its capacity over time for detecting undeclared nuclear activity” under the current budget.
The United Nations’ nuclear agency is significantly underfunded, a think-tank recently said, warning the shortfall risked limiting its ability to identify covert atomic activity that might have a military dimension.
The report, issued by a Canadian think-tank, described the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a “veritable bargain for international peace and security,” but said the Vienna-based agency needed to be reformed and better financed.
“The Agency is significantly underfunded, considering its responsibilities and the expectations increasingly being placed on it,” it said, after analyzing a body best known for its troubled monitoring of Iran’s atomic activities and for trying to improve reactor safety after the Fukushima disaster.
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Source: Fredrik Dahl | Reuters