IAEA Director General meets US Secretary of State

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Secretary of State Michael Antony J. Blinken (Right) met with Director-General of IAEA Rafael Mariano Grossi (Left)

Washington D.C, 19 October 2021(TDI): US Secretary of State, Michael Antony J. Blinken met with Director-General, Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The meeting was held at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. to discuss current non-proliferation issues. The Director-General arrived in US on Monday on a five-day official visit. It is the second official visit to the US since Director-General took office in December 2019.

They discussed the latest developments in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear program and non-proliferation problems.

Mariano Grossi expressed gratitude to Secretary Blinken for the US’ strong support for the IAEA’s mandate. He stated that the US has been a strong and generous supporter since President Dwight D. Eisenhower suggested the formation of a worldwide atomic energy agency in 1953. It promotes numerous peaceful uses of the atom and limit its destructive power.

According to the IAEA, the US is the largest contributor. It also provides significant extra-budgetary funding. It allows the IAEA to improve nuclear techniques in areas that benefit millions of people worldwide.

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