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NNSA held an antiterrorism training workshop in August in Thailand with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Network of Regulatory Bodies on Atomic Energy, known as ASEANTOM.

The goal was to enhance ASEANTOM members’ capabilities to prevent, counter, and respond to acts of radiological and nuclear terrorism, and expand on nuclear security cooperation that already exists between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and the United States.

During the workshop, participants learned to about planning, conducting, and evaluating exercises. They also observed a demonstration drill by the Thailand Institute for Nuclear Technology.

The meeting prepared participants for future training workshops, which will build ASEANTOM’s capacity to plan and conduct radiological and nuclear training exercises, establish a common exercise methodology, and improve nuclear security cooperation in the region. Those are scheduled to occur in Southeast Asia in 2020 and 2021.

These efforts are in line with the Statement on the Safe and Secure Use, Storage, And Transport Of Nuclear And Other Radioactive Materials, which was unanimously adopted last year by the heads of state from all 10 ASEAN Member States, as well as Australia, People’s Republic of China, Republic of India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russian Federation, and the United States during the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore. The statement highlights the importance of strengthening and improving cooperation and coordination of international efforts on nuclear security, and highlights ASEANTOM’s critical role.