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35 nations sign up to tougher nuclear security standards

Published on Mar 25, 2014 7:09 PM
 
US President Barack Obama (front centre-left) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (centre-right) pose for a family picture with other world leaders, ministers and heads of international organisations on the second day of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague on March 25, 2014.Thirty-five countries on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, committed to bolstering nuclear security, backing a global drive spearheaded by US President Barack Obama to prevent dangerous materials falling into the hands of terrorists. -- PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Thirty-five countries on Tuesday committed to bolstering nuclear security, backing a global drive spearheaded by US President Barack Obama to prevent dangerous materials falling into the hands of terrorists.

In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the third biennial Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the countries pledged to work closer together and submit to "peer reviews periodically" of their sensitive nuclear security regimes.

The nations - including Israel, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Turkey but not Russia - vowed to "realise or exceed" the standards set out in a series of guidelines laid down by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to safeguard nuclear materials.

These are the "closest things we have to international standards for nuclear security", US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told reporters as he presented the pledge.

 
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