Pakistan to follow International Atomic Energy Agency guidance on trade of radioactive sources

Pakistan today said it has conveyed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) its intention to subscribe to the guidance on the import and export of radioactive sources.

The Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement that the guidance supplements the code of conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources which, although not legally binding in nature, is an important component of the global nuclear safety and security regime.

The code of conduct seeks to help countries ensure that radioactive sources are used in a manner consistent with the highest standards of safety and security.

“Pakistan has been voluntarily adhering to the code of conduct since 2005 and has put in place all the necessary arrangements and systems consistent with the recommendations of the code,” said the FO.

The supplementary guidance is aimed at enhancing the safety of radioactive sources during transfer from one state to another, in accordance with their respective national legislation and relevant international commitments.

The FO said Pakistan has run a “safe, secure and peaceful” nuclear programme for more than four decades.

According to the World Nuclear Association, Pakistan has a small nuclear power program, with 1355 megawatt (MW) capacity, but is moving to increase this substantially with Chinese help.