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    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ministerial conference adopted on Monday a declaration committed to the further strengthening of global nuclear security, including by ensuring that nuclear materials cannot be obtained by terrorist groups.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — The declaration was adopted at the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security that kicked off in Vienna earlier in the day.

    "We commit to continue taking active steps to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material, to protect and secure all such material to ensure that it cannot be used by non-State actors in criminal or terrorist acts…. We emphasize the importance of strong national legislative and regulatory frameworks for nuclear security," the declaration reads.

    The declaration called for nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy and expressed commitment to further strengthen the global nuclear security.

    "We reassert that the responsibility for nuclear security within a State rests entirely with that State, in accordance with its respective national and international obligations," the declaration said.

     About 2,000 participants from over 130 member states and 17 international organization are participating in the event.


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