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The United States and the Republic of Moldova Cooperate to Counter Nuclear Smuggling

November 30, 2011

Officials from the United States and the Republic of Moldova met in Chisinau on November 29, 2011, to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in combating the smuggling of nuclear materials.

The United States and the Republic of Moldova reaffirmed the need to prevent terrorists and other criminals from acquiring nuclear material, and shared best practices for coordinating a whole-of-government response to incidents of nuclear and radioactive materials smuggling.   In order to investigate and prosecute smugglers more effectively, both sides shared information on current smuggling threats and trends. 

To enhance counter nuclear smuggling efforts, both sides also discussed best practices in the areas of nuclear detection, nuclear forensics, law enforcement, and the development of new technologies, and identified areas for additional training and cooperation.

The discussions, which build on long-standing cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Moldova in this area, demonstrate the resolve of the United States and the Republic of Moldova to strengthen international and regional cooperation to investigate and prosecute nuclear smugglers. 

In July of this year, the United States and the Republic of Moldova signed a comprehensive Joint Action Plan that expresses the intention of the two governments to take a series of steps to enhance the capabilities of the Republic of Moldova to prevent, detect, and respond effectively to incidents of nuclear smuggling.  Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Bureau of Investigation agreed to provide radiation detection equipment and related law enforcement training to Moldovan counterparts.  These efforts furthered ongoing cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Moldova to counter nuclear smuggling as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative (NSOI).  For more information on NSOI in the Republic of Moldova, go to www.nsoi-state.net/bilateralpartnersengaged/moldova.asp.