Russia will take part in the Generation IV nuclear reactor international project, Federal Atomic Energy Agency head Sergey Kiriyenko told an international energy safety conference in Moscow last Monday. “We are glad that we have joined Generation IV programme,” he said. Alternative energy sources, including atomic energy, “is a major area of international cooperation,” Kiriyenko said. He called for the joint development of new technologies, which would provide for nuclear non-proliferation and guarantee all countries access to cheap and efficient atomic energy. Generation IV involves over 10 countries, among them the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil and Japan. There are vulnerable areas in existing atomic energy production technology that can potentially threaten non-proliferation, Kiriyenko said. New technology is required making it so that “the production of atomic energy would not lead to the creation of nuclear weapons,” he said. Several international projects are being implemented to create new atomic energy technology, such as the ITER and INPRO projects. The United States initiated Generation IV, Kiriyenko said.