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Threat of Nuclear Terrorism Persists Despite Reduction of Nuclear Materials

© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueSeated with members of his delegation, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington March 31, 2016
Seated with members of his delegation, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington March 31, 2016 - Sputnik International
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US President Barack Obama said during a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC that the threat of nuclear terrorism persists and continues to evolve.

President Barack Obama (top center) hosts 46 visiting leaders at the start of the plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit April 13, 2010, in Washington, DC - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Although it is now harder for nuclear material to fall into the hands of terrorists, the threat of nuclear terrorism still exists, US President Barack Obama said during a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC on Friday.

"In short, everybody has been participating and by working together our nations have made it harder for terrorists to get their hands on nuclear material," Obama said. "We have measurably reduced the risk but…the threat of nuclear terrorism persists and continues to evolve."

Obamas noted that because of the world leaders’ coordinated efforts, terrorist groups have not obtained a nuclear weapon, dirty bomb or radioactive material to launch attacks.

"There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material they would most certainly would use to kill as many innocent people as possible, that’s why our work here remains so critical," Obama added.

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The threat of terrorism and terrorists obtaining nuclear material has been a key topic of discussion at Friday’s portion of the Nuclear Security Summit.

The fourth Nuclear Security Summit started on Thursday and will wrap up today. Obama noted that as many as 102 countries have ratified the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, which he expects will come into effect in the coming weeks.

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