The United States has joined with the Russian Federation and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a new initiative to verify that fissile materials no longer needed for U.S. and Russian defense purposes are not reused to produce new nuclear weapons.
Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary, Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Viktor Mikhailov and IAEA Director General Hans Blix announced the trilateral initiative in September at the IAEA's 40th General Conference in Vienna, Austria.
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