10:02 GMT26 January 2021
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    World leaders need to revive nuclear disarmament efforts amid increased proliferation among nation states who continue to upgrade and expand their nuclear arsenals, the Arms Control Association said in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The fourth Nuclear Security Summit is expected to take place in Washington, DC between March 31 and April 1, and will be attended by leaders from more than 50 countries, including France, Belgium, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

    "Reducing the catastrophic threats posed by nuclear weapons is a global enterprise that requires renewed leadership, dialogue and action," the release stated. "Progress on disarmament is stalled… and several states are expanding or upgrading their nuclear arsenals."

    This week, according to the release, world leaders are capping a six-year-long effort to reduce the threat of terrorists acquiring nuclear materials, yet the risk of nuclear competition among nation states has intensified.

    In January, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia would skip the summit in Washington, DC because of unacceptable interference by the event’s organizers in the work of global organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency.


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