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NZ strong on combating nuclear terrorism despite no nukes

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, April 14 NZPA - New Zealand has a low risk of being attacked by terrorists but has made substantial contributions to international efforts to counter terrorism and is prepared to step up its efforts, the Nuclear Security Summit was told.

The 47 countries at the summit in Washington DC have agreed to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.

In its national statement, New Zealand told the summit it was a strong advocate for international instruments, obligations and commitments to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation framework.

New Zealand did not have a nuclear industry but had radiological material use similar to other developed nations, the statement said.

The national radiation authority was in "close contact" with major radiation users to ensure all material was accounted for.

New Zealand was also active internationally, working with Asia-Pacific partners, as a strong supporter of the International Atomic Energy Agency and G8 Global Partnership projects, among others.

"New Zealand stands ready to step up its efforts, in partnership with the nations gathered together in Washington, towards achievement of the goal of securing all nuclear materials within four years."

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