First meeting held on anti-nuke terror initiative

October 31, 2006 00:38

The United States, Russia and 12 other countries kicked off a new program Monday to prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons, saying the issue was paramount. "The concern is fundamental - we must stop terrorists from acquiring (nuclear weapons)," said Robert Joseph, US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. The world's five leading nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - formed the core of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism that began Monday in the Moroccan capital. Those five plus the other countries - Italy, Japan, Canada, China, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Australia and host Morocco - signed two agreements on common principles and "terms of reference" that were not immediately made public after the start of the two-day meeting in Rabat.

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