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As the official summit process ends – convening world leaders every two years to take action on nuclear security – the threat is growing.In order to achieve substantial progress on nuclear security and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons, the next president of the United States must continue to provide determined U.S. leadership.These materials have been removed or secured from 50 facilities in 30 countries – a total of 3.8 tons – more than enough to create 150 nuclear bombs.More than 1,800 metric tons of nuclear material remain stored in 24 countries and more than 100 countries have thousands of sites that store radiological material that can be used in a dirty bomb, which wraps nuclear materials around a conventional explosive.The world leaders who attended the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington from March 31 to April 1 agreed to set up a senior level "Contact Group" to continue to make progress in the relevant international organizations, including the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Interpol.Continued progress on this issue will, however, be very much dependent on the commitment of the next U.S. president and the president's engagement with world leaders.
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