Pakistan implements nuclear safeguards agreement: IAEA
Islamabad: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Pakistan has implemented the nuclear safeguards agreement, media reported Tuesday.
The Foreign Office (FO) in a statement said Monday that IAEA’s Deputy Director General (Safeguards) Tero Varjoranta conveyed the IAEA’s satisfaction over the implementation of the safeguard agreement, Dawn online reported.
“The DDG appreciated Pakistan-IAEA cooperation and conveyed the agency’s satisfaction at implementation of safeguard measures by Pakistan,” the Foreign Office statement said.
The IAEA’s safeguards system is a set of technical measures by which the IAEA secretariat independently verifies the genuineness of the declarations made by the member countries about their nuclear material and activities.
Pakistan has been operating nuclear power plants under the IAEA safeguards for over 40 years.
The Pakistan government plans to increase nuclear power generation to 8,800 MWe by 2030 and 40,000 MWe by 2050 to meet the energy shortfall. A number of new nuclear power plants are planned under the Nuclear Power Programme 2050.
Pakistan has been seeking international assistance for its ambitious nuclear power generation plan under the IAEA safeguards.