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Safeguards: Preventing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

IAEA inspectors check surveillance cameras installed at a nuclear facility. Some video systems operate 24 hours a day, while others are installed only for specific activities such as the loading and unloading of fuel from the reactor core. (Photo: P. Pavlicek/IAEA)

The IAEA is often called the world's "nuclear watchdog". Have you ever wondered why that is?

In this podcast we explain the role of the IAEA in monitoring the use of nuclear materials in order to detect or prevent their misuse. The interview with Stephen Pullinger, Communication Adviser in the IAEA Department of Safeguards, addresses key questions such as: 'Why are safeguards important?', 'How do they fit into the international security system?', 'If a State is found to be in breach of its safeguards agreement, what happens?' and 'What does the future of safeguards look like?' 

Click to listen or read the transcript.

The interview was conducted by Adem Mutluer and the podcast produced by Steve Thatchet.