President Enrique Peña Nieto  participated in the Fourth Plenary Session of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.

“Mexico shares the global concern about the threat of nuclear terrorism, and expresses its strong commitment to preventing nuclear and radiological material from reaching non-state actors so that it can be used for destructive purposes.” 

An integral, transnational approach is required to prevent and combat nuclear terrorism, which will include the security of maritime, port, land and air transport routes.

Mexico: Nuclear Safety Actions

1. Mexico recognizes the right of all states to benefit from the peaceful use of nuclear energy as a source of technological, economic and social development.

2. In 1973, Mexico signed the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

3. In 2011, the Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement was adopted. 

4. In 2012, it ratified the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. Since that year, Mexico has been a Highly Enriched Uranium-Free Country, having completed the conversion of its reactors to use only Low Enriched Uranium.  

5. Since 2014, Mexico has had the necessary national legislation to prevent and sanction possible acts of nuclear terrorism. 

6. It has reinforced the measures to ensure nuclear material on national territory, in accordance with the recommendations of the IAEA; especially in the transfer of fresh fuel for the Nuclear Power Plant reactors in Laguna Verde, Veracruz.

7. Border security is being strengthened, by applying stricter measures in the import and export of dual use nuclear and radiological material. 

8. “Mexico shares the global concern about the threat of nuclear terrorism, and expresses its strong commitment to preventing nuclear and radiological material from reaching non-state actors so that it can be used for destructive purposes.” 

“Nuclear safety is an issue of utmost importance for the world of today and tomorrow; it is a challenge that involves us all. Nations must work in a jointly responsible way to construct a global architecture for nuclear safety, making commitments on nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation and respect for the right of states to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”

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