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Press Releases 2011

Cooperation to Establish an Armenian Nuclear Forensics Lab

October 14, 2011

United States Embassy of Yerevan, Armenia
Public Affairs Office

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Cooperation to Establish an Armenian Nuclear Forensics Lab

Experts from the United States and Armenia met October 11-13 to strengthen capabilities to respond effectively to the transnational threat of nuclear smuggling. The U.S. Department of State’s Preventing Nuclear Smuggling Program (PNSP) is partnering with authorities from the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) to establish a Laboratory for Technical and Forensic Analysis of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials.

Establishment of the laboratory will allow Armenia to collect nuclear and radioactively contaminated evidence at crime scenes and to perform technical and forensic analysis necessary to support the prosecution of smugglers. The laboratory will also allow Armenia to cooperate with governments investigating illicit uses of nuclear material. In addition, establishment of the laboratory advances elements of the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit work plan that will be discussed at the 2012 summit in the Republic of Korea.

PNSP is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (ISN/WMDT). PNSP is working globally to promote international nuclear forensics cooperation through promulgating nuclear forensic best practices for technical and law enforcement personnel.

Learn more about PNSP and other collaborative programs to combat weapons of mass destruction terrorism at: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c16403.htm.