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Singapore gets tougher on nuclear materials

Published on Mar 24, 2014 11:47 PM

THE HAGUE - Singapore will toughen its laws to prevent and punish criminals who steal, smuggle or misuse nuclear substances as a precursor to it signing an international pact covering nuclear materials security.

Announcing the move at the third Nuclear Security Summit that opened here on Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore will then be ready to accede to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM).

The convention is the only international, legally-binding undertaking in the physical protection of nuclear materials.

The new legislation entails amendments to the Radiation Protection Act and will focus on thwarting miscreants from getting hold of nuclear materials, including powers to extradite offenders.

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