IAEA Director General M. Amano visits France (5-6 september 2016) [fr]
Yukiya AMANO, Director General of the International Agency of Atomic Energy (IAEA), visited France on the 5th and 6th september 2016, responding to the invitation made by Bernard Bigot, Director general of the ITER programme.
Mr. Amano was accompanied, during the whole visit, by Jean-Louis Falconi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the IAEA, and by Anne Lazar-Sury, Governor for France to the IAEA.
Mr. Amano was first received by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs, with whom he touched upon the main subjects covered by the Agency. On this occasion, the Minister recalled that nine months after the entry into force of the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, France remained vigilant regarding its non-violation, and underlined the important role which the IAEA plays in the detailed and transparent follow-up of its implementation by Iran.
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- Yukiya AMANO, Directeur Général de l’AIEA, et Jean-Marc AYRAULT, ministre des Affaires étrangères et du développement international.
Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI
Yukiya AMANO, Director general of the AIEA, and Jean-Marc AYRAULT, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Photo : B. Chapiron / MAEDI
The delegation then made its way to the location upon which the construction of the Jules Horowitz Reactor (RJH) is being carried out, in Cadarache (South of France). The RJH is an experimental nuclear reactor which aims at conducting research on fuel behaviour and materials for nuclear power plants. Material Testing Reactors are required in order to develop and improve the quality of materials and fuel used in the nuclear industry. These studies contribute to the security and optimisation of existing nuclear reactors as well as to the development of future reactors.
The RJH will also be used for nuclear medicine, by supplying hospitals with radioelements with a short lifespan used by medical imagery services for therapeutic ends. It will also be used for industrial applications.
During its 59th General Conference in 2015, the IAEA presented, for the first time in history, the ICERR label (International Centre based on Research Reactors) to the CEA centres in Saclay and Cadarache. The experimental tools of the Energy Department of the CEA – research reactors (RJH, Eole, Minerve, Orphée and Isis) and hot cell laboratories (Léci and Léca) – will be made available to IAEA Member States for education, training and the development of joint research projects, from 2015 to 2020.
Finally,Yukiya Amano visited the ITER site where he was received by Bernard Bigot, Director general of the ITER project, in the context of the 26th Conference on Fusion to be organised by Japan in October 2016, which aims at fostering exchange of results on innovative techniques in the domain of research on nuclear fusion.
In 2007, France launched the construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) for which the IAEA is the depositary of the agreement. ITER is a worldwide project which aims at demonstrating the feasibility of nuclear fusion for peaceful purposes.
During his visit to the ITER reactor, which Mr Amano considers as an impressive work which is crucial to advancing research in this field, he welcomed the progress being made in its construction, which is scheduled to end in 2017.