An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts completed a nuclear security advisory mission following France's request on Friday.
According to the agency, the scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) follow-up mission included France's responses to the recommendations of the initial mission in 2011, the regulatory framework for the security of nuclear material and facilities as well as computer security.
The IPPAS team also reviewed the country's implementation of the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). As part of the review, the team visited the Georges Besse II uranium enrichment plant at the Tricastin nuclear site in Pierrelatte, in southeastern France, the statement said.
The team observed that the nuclear security regime in France is robust and well established, and incorporates the fundamental principles of the amended CPPNM.
The team provided recommendations and suggestions to support France in enhancing and sustaining nuclear security. Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA member states to help strengthen their nuclear security activities.
'France clearly demonstrated its strong commitment to nuclear security and its continuous enhancement through applying IAEA nuclear security guidance documents and using IAEA nuclear security advisory services,' Raja Adnan, Director of IAEA's division of nuclear security was quoted as saying.
By Huseyin Erdogan