SOLICITING PLEDGES TO FUND THE NUCLEAR THREAT INITIATIVE PROPOSAL FOR A NUCLEAR FUEL BANK - SPANISH REPLY

Identifier: 
08MADRID755

UNCLAS MADRID 000755

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP, IAEA, ENRG, SP
SUBJECT: SOLICITING PLEDGES TO FUND THE NUCLEAR THREAT
INITIATIVE PROPOSAL FOR A NUCLEAR FUEL BANK - SPANISH REPLY

REF: SECSTATE 68313

1. (SBU) On July 1, Poloff conveyed reftel demarche to
Ignacio Sanchez, MFA Deputy Director General for
Nonproliferation, and asked the Spanish government to
consider pledging funds to support the NTI's proposal for the
creation of a nuclear fuel bank. Sanchez replied on July 4
that while Spain favors the creation of a nuclear fuel bank,
they would prefer to work through the IAEA. He explained
that if and when it comes to providing additional funds for
the nuclear fuel bank, Spain would prefer to contribute to
IAEA coffers vice directly to the NTI. Sanchez added that
for Spain it is a question of "ownership" and who has the
lead on the project.
LLORENS