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U.S., Morocco mark 15 years of cooperation

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- The United States and Morocco are commemorating 15 years of strategic cooperation on efforts to promote nuclear non-proliferation.

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the Morocco National Center for Nuclear Energy, Sciences and Techniques this week marked 15 years of partnership on combating nuclear security threats, the NNSA reported.

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The NNSA and CNESTEN, which began working together in 1994, continue to jointly address radioactive-waste management, environmental monitoring, research-reactor operations and other areas to ensure non-proliferation best practices.

"This anniversary highlights a very successful partnership," Ken Baker, NNSA principal assistant deputy administrator for defense nuclear non-proliferation, said in a statement.

"From the beginning, Morocco embarked on a transparent nuclear-energy program and strived to meet and exceed all international non-proliferation obligations."

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