A sticker depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is seen March 30, 2016 as people walk along the sidewalk by the Washington Convention Center where the Nuclear Summit will be held this week in Washington, DC. AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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President Barack Obama hosts an international summit in Washington Thursday and Friday aimed at ensuring that nuclear material in the world's roughly 1,000 atomic facilities is secured.For example, Japan this month is returning to the United States enough plutonium to make 50 nuclear bombs.According to a 2015 study by the International Panel on Fissile Materials, enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium stockpiles remain to make the equivalent of 200,000 weapons of the magnitude that leveled Hiroshima in 1945 .One agenda item at the summit will see leaders discussing a hypothetical nuclear security crisis.Given this is the last summit under Obama, a big question will be how nations can track progress in the future and whether the United States will continue to convene such meetings under its next president.
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