Nuclear terrorism poses serious threats: PM

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 21:48

Seoul: India on Tuesday warned that nuclear
terrorism and clandestine proliferation will continue to pose
serious threats as long as there are terrorists seeking access
to atomic material and technologies for malicious purposes.

"Nuclear terrorism and clandestine proliferation continue
to pose serious threats to international security," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told world leaders while addressing
the second Nuclear Security Summit here.

He said an India-piloted resolution on measures to deny
terrorists access to weapons of mass destruction had been
adopted by consensus since 2002.

Singh said it seeks enforcement of legal and regulatory
measures against the proliferation of chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear weapons to non-state actors.

"Nuclear terrorism will remain a potent threat as long as
there are terrorists seeking to gain access to nuclear
material and technologies for malicious purposes. India is
acutely conscious of this threat," he said, without referring
to any specific country.

However, world leaders are concerned over the safety of
Pakistan`s atomic weapons as it remains vulnerable because its
atomic facilities are located in areas where "Taliban and al-
Qaeda are more than capable of launching terrorist attacks".
Also, Pakistan`s disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan has
been accused by the West of running a clandestine
proliferation ring. He had admitted to have provided nuclear
technology to several countries, including North Korea.

Singh said the best guarantee for nuclear security is a
world free from nuclear weapons, noting that former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi put forward an Action Plan for nuclear
disarmament in a time-bound framework almost 25 years ago.
"This remains the most comprehensive and elaborate
proposal to achieve this objective."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 21:48

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