[Webcast] Nuclear Monitoring and Verification in North Korea

Institute of Nuclear Materials Management at University of Washington


April 30, 2021, 7:00 pm EDT to 8:30 pm EDT

This talk will give a quick summary of the history of engagement with DPRK and the focus on the efforts of the technical team on the ground verifying the agreed to 6 Party Talks disablement activities at Yongbyon. Throughout the talk the speaker will share personal observations and experiences of his time and others in DPRK. 

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Mark Schanfein is currently a senior nonproliferation advisor at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and has over 40 years’ experience in nonproliferation and safeguards including a 20-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the weapons and nonproliferation programs. He served as a technical expert on the ground in the DPRK during the disablement activities resulting from the 6-Party Talks under the Bush administration. He has previously worked for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and oversight at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Mark has 8 years of experience working at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, 4 years as a safeguards inspector and 4 years as the Unit Head for Unattended Monitoring Systems (UMS), responsible for the installation of all IAEA unattended autonomous systems in nuclear fuel cycle facilities worldwide. He supports multiple safeguards training programs including International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program and Human Capital Development and has recently supported projects on pandemic considerations for the IAEA and State Regulatory Authorities. His current focus is on emerging technologies for applications in international safeguards with a current interest in digital twins, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In 2020, Mark was elected as the Vice President for the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management.

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