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Ten years after world leaders agreed to amend the landmark 1987 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material to make it harder for terrorists to obtain nuclear material, the new measures have yet to enter into force.One thing is certain: the amount of nuclear material in the world is increasing.Much has been achieved in the secure management of nuclear material since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks prompted a renewed focus on the risks of terrorism.The original Convention focused only on the international transport of nuclear material, and did not cover the protection of nuclear facilities. The amendment adopted 10 years ago would oblige countries to protect nuclear facilities and any nuclear material used, stored, or transported domestically. It would expand cooperation on locating and recovering stolen or smuggled nuclear material and coordinate the response to any attack on a nuclear facility. Protecting nuclear material is not just an issue for countries that use nuclear power. All countries must take the threat of nuclear terrorism seriously.
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