The primary role of the Department of Safeguards is to deter the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It does so in two ways: by providing credible assurances that States are honouring their international obligations, thus helping to build international confidence, and by being able to detect early any misuse of nuclear material or technology, thereby alerting the world to potential proliferation.
To do so, the Department applies various technical measures referred to as ‘safeguards’ to verify the correctness and the completeness of the declarations made by States about their nuclear material and activities. IAEA safeguards are an essential component of the international security system.
Latest News and TopicsPress Release | 16 April 2015
The IAEA and Iran held a technical meeting in Tehran on 15 April 2015.
Press Release | 13 April 2015
The IAEA and Iran have agreed to hold a technical meeting in Tehran on 15 April 2015.
Press Release | 2 April 2015
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by E3+3 and Iran in Lausanne.
Top Story | 24 March 2015
The IAEA is often called the world's "nuclear watchdog". Have you ever wondered why that is?
Top Story | 23 March 2015
Iran needs to help clarify concerns about possible military dimensions to its nuclear programme but progress so far has been limited, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement at the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington.