Secured Washington set for nuclear security summit (2)

10:35, April 12, 2010      

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Some major streets nearby have been separated with 10-foot-tall iron fences, while buses and subway trains have been ordered to skip the Mt. Vernon Station, which is close to the center, on Monday and Tuesday.

Reports here said that during the summit, residents will have to show ID to get into their homes inside the cordon, and non-residents won't be allowed inside the cordon.

Major security agencies, including Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Diplomatic Security Service and Coast Guard, will reportedly conduct "their operations in real-time using encrypted digital radios on existing frequencies."

During the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, last July, President Obama urged the international community to work together to collectively improve the nuclear security culture, share the best practices and raise the standards for nuclear security.

The upcoming summit will focus on the security of nuclear materials, leaving other broad topics such as nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful nuclear energy to different forums, said the White House in a statement.

Leaders of Iran, Syria, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will not attend the summit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cancel his scheduled trip to Washington.

Presidents of China and Russia, Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan reportedly are expected to receive a level of security protection only lower than that to President Obama, but higher than that provided to Vice President Joe Biden.

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