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Homeland Security

Washington File

03 June 2003

G-8 Leaders Develop Security Plan to Reduce "Dirty Bomb" Threat

(Plan aims to prevent terrorist access to radioactive sources) (340)
Following is the text of a White House fact sheet on action by the
Group of Eight industrialized democracies to reduce the threat of
"dirty bombs" by preventing terrorist access to radioactive sources:
(begin fact sheet)
Office of the Press Secretary
(Evian, France)
June 2, 2003
Countering the "Dirty Bomb" Threat
Presidential Action
-- Today, President Bush and the other G-8 Leaders endorsed a plan to
reduce the threat of "dirty bombs" by preventing terrorist access to
radioactive sources.
The "Dirty Bomb" Threat: There is growing concern that terrorists or
the states which support them could acquire radioactive sources to
construct "dirty bombs." Detonation of a "dirty bomb" could harm
civilians and result in severe economic costs. Reducing the
vulnerability of radioactive sources requires enhanced efforts to
track and secure national inventories, as well as expanded
international cooperation to identify, manage, and safeguard sources
G-8 Action on Radioactive Source Security: G-8 Leaders launched today
a new initiative to increase the security of radioactive sources. They
are major holders and exporters of these sources, and must work to
ensure their security and prevent misuse.
The G-8 will:
-- Recommend practices and standards for national measures to track
and recover sources, control exports, and penalize theft or misuse of
-- Encourage international activities to locate, recover, and secure
high-risk radioactive sources;
-- Promote adherence to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources; and
-- Consider assistance and technical support to the IAEA and other
U.S. Additional Actions: The United States has intensified efforts to
respond to the "dirty bomb" threat. Priorities include assisting
former Soviet states to locate and protect high-risk sources,
upgrading U.S. national controls, and raising awareness of this issue
at a March 2003 international conference jointly sponsored by the
United States, Russia and the IAEA.
(end fact sheet)
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)

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