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Monday, April 28, 2014

Mexico and the US sign Anti-Weapons of Mass Destruction Accord

Embassy of the United States – Mexico

U. S. Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne participated in a ceremony with Lic. Aristóteles Núñez, Chief of Mexico’s Tax Administration Service, where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding that paves the way for the U. S. and Mexican governments to collaborate closely in the area of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and associated goods and technologies.  This event was hosted by the Tax Administration Service and the National Customs Administration (SAT/AGA), and establishes the conditions in which the U. S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program and the Mexican National Customs Administration may work together in addressing the national, regional and global threat from the illicit transfers of WMD technology and dual-use goods.

During a short ceremony to sign the MOU, Ambassador Wayne said, “Mexico’s commitment to nonproliferation and the dedication of SAT’s staff is clear evidence of the Mexican government’s continued contribution towards countering efforts by rogue states and non-state actors whose intent is to gain the capability to develop weapons of mass destruction.

In addition, SAT Chief Núñez said, “We are proud to share this agreement and we will be consistent with our skills. We understand and agree that a secure border and combating the proliferation of weapons will only be possible if we continue to work together. Our country strongly supports the non-proliferation of weapons and illegal traffic of control materials.”

Since assistance to Mexico began in 2005, the EXBS Program has conducted or sponsored over 73 training courses, workshops or other events, and trained more than 1,800 Mexican officials in basic inspection techniques, WMD commodity identification, WMD interdiction, export licensing, end-use and end-user analysis, air and maritime cargo interdiction, and a variety of other counter-proliferation related topics.  In addition, several hundred radiation detectors and other radiological and chemical and identification equipment have been donated to the Government of Mexico.

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Press release, Apr. 25, 2014, Embassy of the United States, Mexico City

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