The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Thursday that it will help Japan in “enhancing nuclear security measures” for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. A cooperation agreement between the UN agency’s director Yukiya Amano and Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono was signed in Vienna, where the IAEA is based. “The possible areas of cooperation include the IAEA offering Japanese authorities training courses, workshops, technical visits and exercises related to nuclear security, hosting preparatory technical meetings and lending supplementary radiation detection equipment,” the IAEA said in a statement. “The know-how of the agency will boost the security of the Games,” Japan’s foreign ministry spokesman Norio Maruyama told AFP. While the agreement is not directly related to a nuclear threat from North Korea, “the uncertainty exists and we must use all means necessary to eliminate this uncertainty”, he added.
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