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Arms Control and International Security: U.S., INTERPOL Hold Multilateral Dialogue on Nuclear Smuggling Prosecutions

‎INTERPOL and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted a Multilateral Dialogue on Nuclear Smuggling Prosecutions this week. The event, which was attended by law enforcement officials, scientific experts, prosecutors, and judges from Jordan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, was intended to strengthen national and regional capabilities to investigate and prosecute cases of nuclear and radioactive materials smuggling.

The Multilateral Dialogue ran from 28-30 June and included presentations and discussions led by experts from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, INTERPOL, the French Atomic Energy Commission, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Topics for discussion included best practices for investigating nuclear smuggling networks, the role of technical nuclear forensics in supporting investigations and prosecutions, and the importance of international collaboration.

Through various initiatives such as the Nuclear Security Summits and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the international community has recognized prosecutions as an important and effective activity to help prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear or other radioactive materials.

Both INTERPOL and the United States maintain robust programs to engage partners in the counter nuclear smuggling mission.

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