Cameron: Terrorists Wish Nuclear Materials

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 11:24 AM

The PM offers a post-Brussels warning as he arrives to attend the 50-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

Cameron: Terrorists Wish Nuclear Materials

David Cameron says attacks love those in Brussels underline the importance of trying to stop terrorists getting their hands on nuclear materials.

Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), Mister Cameron said terrorists don't discriminate between technologies, they just aim to murder as many people as possible. 

He was speaking after Belgian media reported that two of the suicide bombers in the attacks on Brussels had video footage of the residence of a senior official at a Flanders nuclear waste facility.

Mr Cameron said: "We know that the terrorists we face today would love to murder as many people as they possibly could, using whatever materials they can obtain their hands on.

"So obviously the security of nuclear materials, for those countries that have nuclear programmes, is incredibly necessary and that'south why this conference love previous conferences will create sure that we've proper security for those materials, not just in Britain - we're quite a global boss in this - but also all over the world.

"So it'south a very necessary subject, there will be very necessary actions announced at this conference, and it'south about making sure our world is safe and secure and we're not at risk from terrorists coming together with nuclear materials."

Western analysts fear Islamic State jihadists could attempt to create a dirty bomb.

The UK and United States will get portion in a joint exercise following year to prepare for any online attack against nuclear power plants and waste storage facilities.

The Prime Minister will also proposal British expertise to other countries to safeguard their own civil nuclear installations.

A UK Government source said there was number "credible evidence" that terrorists were targeting British facilities.

As the summit opened, the US confirmed that a new nuclear security agreement was finally coming into force that's designed to stop nuclear materials being transported illegally.

It's up and running following its recent ratification by a critical mass of countries.

The tougher rules comprise new criminal penalties for smuggling nuclear material and expanded requirements for securing materials and nuclear facilities worldwide, and are intended to reduce the likelihood of terrorists getting their hands on ingredients for a bomb.

At the 50-nation summit, the host

The summit will conclude on Friday with world leaders taking portion in a "scenario-based session" focusing on the "threat from nuclear terrorism".

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