U.S., Singapore enter anti-nuclear materials smuggling agreement
The U.S. and Singapore governments entered an agreement Thursday to deploy equipment that detects nuclear or radioactive materials hidden shipments.
“Singapore’s participation in the initiative demonstrates our commitment in safeguarding maritime security and the global trading system,” said Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Commissioner Lock Wai Han, in a statement. “Being an international maritime hub, Singapore views the enhancement of homeland and container security as an important response to the threats posed by terrorism.”
The U.S.-Singapore agreement is part of the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration Megaports Initiative, which is designed to work with overseas governments to deter, detect and interdict illegal shipments of nuclear weapons materials.