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Office of the Spokesman
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December 31, 2008


The President Approves Ratification of the U.S. - IAEA Additional Protocol

On December 30, 2008, the President signed the instrument of ratification for the Protocol Additional to the Agreement between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards in the United States of America (“The Additional Protocol”). Ratification will be completed with deposit of the instrument with the IAEA in Vienna next week.


Additional Protocols with non-nuclear weapon states improve the IAEA’s capability to detect clandestine nuclear weapons programs by providing it with increased information about and access to nuclear fuel cycle activities. By adopting an Additional Protocol for the United States, the President has underscored the U.S. commitment to combating nuclear proliferation.

The President’s action gives us a stronger foundation from which to encourage other states to adopt the Protocol. The President has spearheaded international efforts to bring about universal adoption of the Additional Protocol. To date, 118 countries have signed an Additional Protocol and 89, including the United States, have ratified it.

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Released on December 31, 2008

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