IAEA members vote to toughen treaty standards for protection of nuke materials

IAEA members vote to toughen treaty standards for protection of nuke materials

[JURIST] Eighty-nine member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] voted Friday to adopt recommended changes [press release] to toughen standards of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material [summary and text] at a special conference [website] in Vienna. The treaty governs the transport, domestic storage and peaceful use of nuclear material; the new rules will go into effect once the amendments are ratified by two-thirds of 112 member nations of the IAEA. Iran, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, countries at the center of nuclear controversies, are not members. Reuters has more.