March 27th, 2012
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Global leaders agree to strengthen nuclear security

nuclear-seoul-summitSeoul: During the Seoul meet the global leaders agreed to make voluntary and substantive efforts towards strengthening nuclear security. In a joint communique issued after two day Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, they urged the states to enhance the physical protection and accounting system for nuclear materials. They also stressed on the need of a relevant legal and regulatory framework.

Making a joint call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material in four years, the leaders also recognized that it is the fundamental responsibility of States to maintain effective security of radioactive materials. However they also made it clear that such steps will not hamper the rights of States to develop and utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Keeping in mind the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident the leaders maintained that sustained efforts is required to address these issues in a coherent manner. They stressed on the need to ensure safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Leaders also agreed to make every possible effort to achieve further progress in Global Nuclear Security Architecture including International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.



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