Joint Statemant on Foundational Infrastructure for the Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) Cooperation
On August 24, a Joint Statement on the FIRST Program was issued at the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York, in which Japan joined.
This statement states that partners in this project work collaboratively to facilitate the safe and secure utilization of civilian nuclear reactors, especially SMRs. The FIRST program provides the foundation for partner countries to take advantage of advanced nuclear technologies and upcoming innovations in reactor design to meet their energy security and climate goals and to do so consistent with the highest international standards of and guidance for safety, security, and nonproliferation.
The FIRST (Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology) program is a capacity building program launched in 2020 by the U.S. Department of State for small modular reactors (SMRs). FIRST is designed to strengthen strategic cooperation in the nuclear energy field by assisting partner countries in developing nuclear energy programs related to safety, security, and nonproliferation in order to achieve their clean energy goals.