Monday 11 December 2017

Obama urges nuclear pledge

Alex Spillius in Washington

NUCLEAR terrorism is the gravest threat to the global security, US President Barack Obama will warn today as he calls for action to keep nuclear-grade material out of the hands of extremists.

At a two-day summit, the biggest gathering of world leaders led by an American president since the end of World War Two, Mr Obama will seek international co-operation on securing every ounce of loose nuclear material within four years.

"It is absolutely fundamental to view this summit with the starting point," said Ben Rhodes, a deputy US national security adviser.

"We know that terrorist groups, including al-Qa'ida, are pursuing the materials to build a nuclear weapon, and we know that they have the intent to use one."

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, warned that a 10-kiloton nuclear bomb -- smaller than the device dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 -- detonated in Manhattan's Times Square could kill a million people.

The nuclear security summit marks Mr Obama's boldest effort yet to exercise global leadership on one of his principal foreign policy themes, non-proliferation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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