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Washington summit to focus on vulnerability of nuclear materials

RIA Novosti


WASHINGTON, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - The nuclear security summit to be held in Washington in mid-April will focus mainly on the vulnerability of nuclear materials, the U.S. presidential representative on non-proliferation matters said.

The summit, to gather over 40 heads of state, including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, will be held in the U.S. capital on April 12-13. The official program of the summit is yet to be released.

"Nuclear security summit is focusing on a very narrow slice of the problem which is vulnerability of nuclear material and securing them against the threat of terrorists' acquisition," Susan Burk said.

Ahead of another major non-proliferation event, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference to be held in May at the UN Headquarters in New York, she said that her country was no longer seeking "universal adherence" to the treaty.

"I don't think that we are pushing countries to join the NPT. North Korea was a party to the NPT. As you know then they announced that they were withdrawing. U.S. has been engaged in negotiations with partners to see if North Korea can be persuaded to come back to full compliance with the Treaty," Burk said.

"The other three states [India, Pakistan and Israel] have never joined the treaty and I think as I said the U.S. supported the goal for very long time of universal adherence to NPT. We have abandoned that goal, three cases are not similar and we have to deal with each country on case-by-case basis," she added.

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