UAE and S Korea reaffirm nuclear cooperation
New agreement cements atomic relationship
The UAE and South Korean nuclear regulators have reaffirmed the cooperation between the two bodies, by signing an agreement in Abu Dhabi.
Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), and Dr Kang Chang Sun, Chairman of the recently established Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC), signed the agreement on Monday on behalf of their organisations.
“We at FANR value this excellent relationship with our Korean colleagues and we look forward to continuing it,” said Dr Al Mazrouei during the signing ceremony.
Dr Kang also echoed his support for full cooperation: “The NSSC is a new organisation but is based on decades of Korean regulatory experience. We are happy to reiterate our joint work.”
The latest agreement is a continuation of the one between FANR and NSSC’s predecessor, the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), signed in May 2010.
The agreement reaffirms the established framework between the UAE and South Korean regulatory bodies to cooperate in the areas of nuclear safety, security and safeguards through the exchange of information, experience, staff and technology.
The UAE’s independent regulatory body has already been benefiting from similar arrangements with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK).
The NSSC was established in October 2011 as part of a re-organisation of the Korean nuclear regulatory framework following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. As a consequence, the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Control (KINAC) report to the NSSC as regulatory expert organisations. FANR works closely with these two bodies based on separate cooperation arrangements from May 2010 and March 2011 respectively. The role of MEST under the re-organisation is restricted to the promotion of nuclear energy.