US installing radiation detectors at Pakistan ports


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Jun 16, 2009
US installing radiation detectors at Pakistan ports
17 July 2009, 11:24am IST

WASHINGTON: The United States is installing radiation detectors at Pakistani ports to check proliferation of nuclear material and weapons of mass
destruction to and from the country, a top US official on nuclear security has said.

"We do work with Pakistan with the Department of Homeland Security, on Secure Freight Initiative, in putting radiation detectors in their ports. One port is done. Karachi is the second port. We're negotiating that type of work," said Thomas D'Agostino, the Under-Secretary for Nuclear Security.

Also administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, D'Agostino refrained from giving much of the details at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday about what the US is doing in Pakistan in this regard, saying that these are of sensitive nature and could be deliberated only in a close door session.

"We have our export controls experts who are in the process of working with Pakistan, on training on what to look for with respect to what comes into the country and goes out of the country," D'Agostino said.

"Pakistan has legislation in place as a nation to establish this type of capability and maintain it. They have developed their own lists of materials and advanced their lists of materials on things that they are looking for" he said.

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