9:09 PM 10/23/2016
9:09 PM 10/23/2016
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2016 12:14 PM CDT
The UK Daily Telegraph reported that there is growing concerns among world leaders that extremists are looking to buy commercial drones to launch a dirty bomb attack over major metropolitan cities, which could kill thousands.
Cameron warned the dangers of ISIS getting hold of nuclear material were “only too real.” He met with leaders from the U.S. , France and China to plan out a reaction response to such an attack, the newspaper reported.
US officials reportedly fear that extremists could steal radioactive material from a medical facility and sold through the “dark web.” Cameron said he would deploy counterterrorism police and the UK Border Force while British leaders hold a Cobra meeting.
“We have already seen (ISIS) trying to look at whether they can get their hands on low-level crop-using-type drones,” one British official told The Telegraph.
The Islamic State is believed to have seized about 90 pounds of low-grade uranium from Mosul University in Iraq after capturing the city in 2014. However, it might cause more panic than actual harm. Cameron told reporters at the nuclear summit in Washington that concerns of a nuclear attack were real.
“So many summits are about dealing with things that have already gone wrong. This is a summit about something we are trying to prevent,” Cameron added.
Cameron said at the summit that Britain plans to hire 1,000 more armed police and deploy counterterrorism units in cities outside London to help counter any possible attack.
He said world leaders and other participants at the conference had expressed concerns about Trump’s comments during private conversations with him at the summit meeting, which gathered more than 50 world leaders to discuss ways to reduce the threat of a nuclear attack, whether from the leakage of nuclear fuel or the theft of a bomb by a terrorist group.
“There’s still a great deal of nuclear and radioactive material around the world that needs to be secured”, he said pointing to growing plutonium stockpiles and “expanding” nuclear arsenals that include small tactical nuclear weapons “in some countries”.
“The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or the Korean Peninsula, or the world, generally”, Obama said.
But while no terrorists has yet gained possession of a “dirty bomb” made of radioactive materials, Obama said, such terrorists pose a persistent and evolving threat.
The cycle of nuclear security summits was launched in April 2010 by President Obama. And the USA and Japan announced they had finished removing hundreds of pounds of weapons-grade material from a Japanese research reactor, and they pledged to do the same at another.
But critics say the deal merely delays Iran’s nuclear progress – and doesn’t end it for good.
“We will have to see how willing China is to fully implement the sanctions but thus far, there’s evidence – conflicting and incomplete but nevertheless credible – that Beijing today is doing more than it has ever done to enforce United Nations sanctions”, the expert, now a managing director for business consultancy Bower Group Asia, said.
He also affirmed Vietnam’s commitment to continue contributing to facilitating the application of peacful nuclear technology, including ensuring security for nuclear power development.
The rare summit among leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan has left a critical question unanswered: Whether North Korea will change its course in the face of mounting pressure.
In a speech delivered at the opening meeting of the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, Xi said China has been committed to stepping up its own nuclear security while advancing global cooperation.
Some of the world leaders who attended a White House summit dinner Thursday were from countries that have been directly impacted by terrorist attacks.
It was a major achievement for the Obama administration that hails it as a milestone in the effort to curb nuclear proliferation.
It said Kerry, during his conversation with Doval, indicated that India and the U.S. have begun conversations about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme and Kerry also praised India’s “responsible stewardship” of its nuclear weapons.
That’s why we’ve been leading a global effort to secure the world’s nuclear materials.
In Pakistan alone, Central Intelligence Agency drones strikes have killed almost 2,400 people since 2004, according to a report by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Morocco, which is among the few Arab and African countries taking part in this worldwide event, plays an important role in the process of nuclear security summits.
The following article is entirely the opinion of Plutarc Sicat and does not reflect the views of the Inquisitr.
APRIL 3, 2016
As world leaders converge in Washington to discuss the growing nuclear threat, North Korea fires a missile on April 1. The April Fool’s missile launch begs the question, how effective is the world’s nuclear deterrence? If a country like North Korea were to answer the question, the answer would be: Nuclear deterrence is about launching a nuclear warhead in the air order to let all know that the state is capable of preempting an attack.
Or at least, this is what the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, So Se Pyong, said when asked why the April Fool’s missile was launched, as quoted by CBS News.
“If the United States continues (drills with the South), then we have to make the countermeasures also, as I told you. So, we have to develop and we have to make more deterrence, nuclear deterrence.”
It is probable that the Nuclear Security Summit might not be held again once US President Barack Obama leaves office. Still, the summit is a lasting legacy that the Obama administration leaves to its successor. Asia One reports:
“World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to countering nuclear terrorism and proliferation, with the budding nuclear ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group topping the list of concerns.”
Asia One said that, during the summit, 50 nations highlighted the nuclear threat “as one of the greatest challenges to international security and pledged to co-operate to combat it.” At the same time, the represented nations underscored the most critical aspect of the nuclear threat as follows:
“More work remains to be done to prevent non-state actors from obtaining nuclear and other radioactive materials, which could be used for malicious purposes.”
In response to this aspect of the nuclear threat, President Obama had this to say to the 49 world leaders present: “There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent people as possible.”
Obama was referring to ISIS and the nuclear threat the terrorist group poses. The American president, along with the rest of the participants to the Nuclear Security Summit, is apparently not as concerned or perturbed by the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The US President also took the opportunity to underscore the important role that two countries play in helping manage the world’s combined total of nuclear stockpile in a prudent manner.
As The Express Tribune reports: “Obama on Friday urged Pakistan and India to scale down the nuclear threat in the subcontinent.”
The nuclear warheads of Pakistan could become the world’s third biggest stockpile, the report added. Such position puts the United States and Russia at the first and second ranks, respectively. As the summit ends with the solemn pledge by nations to remain ever vigilant to countering nuclear proliferation, questions remain regarding how the North Korean nuclear threat will be dealt with.
As it is, more displays of nuclear audacity can only be expected from the country, as it vows to respond to any form of provocation in a manner that resembles an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. However, as the North Korean ambassador to the UN says, the country’s missile launches are but a natural response to the US-backed military exercises in the region. So as the bigger picture looks, when it comes to the question of who the real bully of nuclear threat actually is, the whole issue remains obscured.
Despite the efforts of the world to address important security concerns in a concerted fashion, it is apparent that the North Korean issue will stay on as a question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Nevertheless, the recent achievements of the summit of world leaders to address the nuclear threat are commendable.
The July 7 bombings left 56 people dead in the capital in 2005
Metropolitan Police while training for a terror attack in London