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Danger of uranium and plutonium use by terrorists

Resolution on the use of uranium, plutonium to be tackled at summit, Business World, Philippines, 5 Mar 12, THE GOVERNMENT will be pushing for an international resolution that would tighten security measures and prevent nuclear resources such as uranium and plutonium from being used for terrorist activities, a high-ranking Executive official said late last week.

  “In the case of the Philippines, we have decided to push for a resolution at the [2012 Nuclear Security] Summit calling for a much stricter monitoring and supervision in the transport, safekeeping and using of these resources,” Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay told BusinessWorld in an e-mail last Friday.
“That resolution should call for [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)] Member States to give as much attention to these small high-grade uranium and plutonium resources as those being kept and safeguarded by Member States which are in large quantities,” added Mr. Binay who was appointed by President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to lead the Philippine delegation to the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul, South Korea on March 26-27.
Mr. Binay remarked that with the pressing threat of nuclear terrorism, member states of the IAEA — a specialized United Nations body comprising 153 countries and aims to promote safe and peaceful nuclear technologies — “should not only focus on the possibility of terrorists being able to use nuclear bombs in the future, but should urgently improve their respective security and safety measures in the storing and keeping of their uranium and plutonium resources.”….,-plutonium-to-be-tackled-at-summit&id=47788

March 6, 2012 - Posted by | - plutonium, 2 WORLD, Philippines, safety, Uranium

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