U.S. and New Zealand work together to control nuclear trafficking

The National Nuclear Security Administration announced on Tuesday that it has begun working together with he New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to combat the trafficking of nuclear materials.

While working together, the NNSA and MFAT will provide mobile radiation detection equipment to countries in Latin America, South East Asia and Africa. MFAT and NNSA's Second Line Defense Program will jointly select partner countries, who are strategic to its global mission, and give them detection equipment and training programs.

"The United States and New Zealand share a strong commitment to important global nonproliferation efforts aimed at keeping dangerous nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists, smugglers and proliferators," NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Anne Harrington, said. "New Zealand's contributions will help establish the capacity for mobile radiation detection operations with law enforcement and other internal security organizations, which will complement existing national capacity to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials."

The SLD program seeks to boost the capabilities of partner countries by giving them the means to stop illegal trafficking of nuclear materials. Along with training and equipment, SLD also provides support to partner countries so they can further develop their own ability to operate and maintain these detection systems in the future.