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Prevention of nuclear terrorism

Published on April 4, 2012
Joint statement by the United States, the United Kingdom and France¹

Seoul, March 27, 2012

France, like the United States and the United Kingdom, is actively involved in international efforts to strengthen nuclear security. In this framework, we are jointly releasing the following statement, building on the Nuclear Security Summit organized in Seoul on 26 and 27 March 2012:

“The governments of the United States, United Kingdom, and French Republic each understand the threat of nuclear terrorism and share the collective responsibility to inform and strengthen international measures designed to secure sensitive information, technology or nuclear material from access by terrorists and to encourage the development of appropriate emergency response measures. In recognition of these shared principles, consistent with our rights and obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, our three governments are taking the following initial steps:

“[1] INFCIRC/225/Rev. 5 recognizes that nuclear security protection levels are critically dependent upon the attractiveness of nuclear materials to potential adversaries with intent to assemble a nuclear explosive device. We will actively engage in international workshops to address graded approaches for the characterization of nuclear material attractiveness to further enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of physical protection measures.

“[2] We have the specialized knowledge and capability to diagnose, render safe, characterize and dispose of a nuclear terrorist threat device. We each have a focused effort to continually enhance the technical capabilities of our emergency detection and response assets to any such threat. As such we will seek, wherever possible, to engage with the international community to further strengthen worldwide preparedness to contend with the threat of nuclear terrorism.”

¹ Source of English translation of statement: UK parliament.

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