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IAEA

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was created in 1957 within the United Nations framework. The Agency plays a key role in ensuring compliance with the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is the cornerstone of global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Under the NPT, non-nuclear-weapon States Parties commit not to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices while nuclear-weapon States parties commit not to assist, encourage or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State party to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in any way.

The IAEA focuses on three main areas of work: Safety and Security, Science and Technology, and Safeguards and Verification. These three pillars provide the basis for the Agency’s work to develop the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and to prevent the use of nuclear energy for military purposes. Thus, under the first pillar, the Agency enters into agreements with Member States to ensure that states comply with their NPT obligations and inspects national facilities to monitor that nuclear material is not being used for military purposes.

Among Denmark's main priorities in the work of the IAEA is the monitoring and verification of Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the monitoring of the development of the North Korean nuclear program. Denmark is also actively supporting the work of the IAEA to strengthen nuclear security in Member States, thus preventing and countering nuclear or radiological terrorism or other abuse.

You can read more about the IAEA here.