Secured Washington set for nuclear security summit

10:31, April 12, 2010      

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A security man stands in the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, April 11, 2010. The Nuclear Security Summit will be held at the Washington Convention Center on April 12 and 13. (Xinhua/Liu Xin)

Even on eve of a nuclear security summit, most people in Washington might not feel any remarkable difference between this weekend and any others.

Residents were enjoying sunshine and breeze before the Washington Monument, and were attracted by cherry blossoms alongside the Tidal Basin.

However, the U.S. capital has received an "immense level" of security service and is well prepared for the summit, which is believed to be the largest gathering of world leaders in the city in more than 60 years.

During the two-day summit hosted by President Barack Obama, leaders from 47 nations will discuss ways of securing nuclear materials from terrorists -- "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security" as identified by Obama.

The summit is "without any question one of the biggest, most prestigious important meetings that has ever taken place not just in this city but anywhere in the world," according to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Security service has been beefed up inside and around the Washington Convention Center where the summit is to be held and the hotels where the world leaders are to stay.

The convention center was closed at 5 p.m. and roads around it will shut down around 10 p.m. on Sunday for a comprehensive security clean-up.

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