Barack Obama warned Nuclear terrorism threat remains despite progress

WASHINGTON:US President Barack Obama warned on Friday of a continual hazard of terrorists getting their fingers on nuclear materials regardless of development in reducing such risks, and known as on world leaders to do more to safeguard nuclear centers.

“there’s no question that if those madmen ever were given their arms on a nuclear bomb or nuclear cloth, they would absolutely use it to kill as many people as feasible,” he instructed a global nuclear protection summit in Washington.

Obama mentioned concerns approximately companies such as al Qaeda and Islamic kingdom looking to achieve nuclear materials, pronouncing this become no time for the international community to be complacent.

Obama was hosting more than 50 world leaders for his fourth and final summit focused on efforts to lock down vulnerable atomic materials to prevent nuclear terrorism. North Korea´s nuclear defiance was also high on the agenda.

He has less than 10 months left in office to follow through on one of his signature foreign policy initiatives.

While progress has been made, many arms-control advocates say the diplomatic process – which Obama conceived and championed – has lost momentum and could slow even further once he leaves the White House in January.

A boycott by Russian President Vladimir Putin, unwilling to join in a US-dominated gathering at a time of increased tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine and Syria, adds to doubts that the meeting will yield any major decisions.

Deadly militant bomb attacks in Brussels last month have fueled concern that Islamic State could eventually target nuclear plants, steal material and develop radioactive “dirty bombs”.

As official summit meetings began, Obama insisted that “we´ve made significant progress” and said the required 102 countries had ratified an amendment to a nuclear security treaty that would tighten protections against nuclear theft and smuggling.

“Our nations have made it harder for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear materials. We have measurably reduced the risks,” Obama said.

But he added that the threat persists and “continues to evolve.”

The United States and Japan also announced they had completed the long-promised task of removing all highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium fuels from a Japanese research project.

Japan is an avowedly anti-nuclear-weapons state as the only country ever to have suffered a nuclear attack.

Despite significant strides by Obama in persuading dozens of countries to rid themselves of bomb-making materials or reduce and safeguard stockpiles, much of the world´s plutonium and enriched uranium remains vulnerable to theft.

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The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi is attending the summit in place of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistan delegation also includes Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.

Prime Minister Sharif was due to represent Pakistan at the summit but he canceled his visit after a terrorist attack in Lahore that killed more than 71 people.

Earlier on Friday, Obama convened a separate meeting of the world powers that negotiated a landmark nuclear pact with Iran last July, a critical component of his nuclear disarmament agenda and a major piece of his foreign policy legacy.

He stated efforts to put into effect the deal, which required Tehran to minimize its nuclear application in go back for sanctions relief, had proven “real development” however it would take time for Iran to reintegrate into the worldwide financial system.

Obama inaugurated the first Nuclear security Summit almost six years ago, after a landmark speech in Prague in 2009 laying out the lofty purpose of a world freed from nuclear weapons.

Whilst Obama leaves office in January, there may be no assure that his successor, who will be elected in November, will keep the difficulty a excessive priority – Reuters/Geo


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