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Threat of nuclear terrorism tops agenda at summit in Washington


Steps to prevent terrorist organizations from carrying out nuclear attacks will top the agenda at the sixth annual nuclear security summit of world leaders, which will be held on Thursday and Friday in Washington. The topic gained added urgency when the investigation of last week's bombings in Brussels discovered that the terrorists spied on senior Belgian nuclear scientists and monitored security measures at nuclear waste disposal areas. The main threats to be discussed at the summit include the stealing of a fully functional nuclear weapon, obtaining of nuclear materials, attacks on reactors or other nuclear infrastructure, and the stealing of radioactive materials like cesium from civillian facilities for use in a "dirty bomb." Russian President Vladimir Putin previously announced that he will not attend the event, and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pulled out in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Lahore in which 72 people were killed. Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister for national infrastructure, energy and water resources, who oversees the country's atomic energy committee, wlll represent Israel at the summit.

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