Nuclear security calls for more concerted efforts

18:21, April 14, 2010      

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As climate change and the shortage of fossil energy are worsening in the world, more and more countries are now turning their attention to develop nuclear energy. The globe sees the coming of a nuclear age.

However, the world is now facing new challenges resulting from the development of nuclear material, while benefiting from the convenience of nuclear energy.

Worse still, terrorism and extremism are increasing in the globe and nuclear material is one of the targets the terrorists are pursuing.

Nuclear material is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can be developed into a convenient source of energy which now accounts for 16 percent of the world's total generated electricity. Meanwhile, nuclear technology can also be used in various fields such as agriculture, pharmacy, environmental protection, industry and so on.

On the other hand, nuclear material can become something most dangerous to the world. Safety of nuclear facilities is strongly related to people's living condition and health. Nuclear material and radioactive substances can also be used by terrorists to launch attacks.

The fact that the leaders of 47 countries and many important international organizations attended the Nuclear Safety Summit held in Washington, the Untied States on April 12-13, fully reflected the great concerns of the international community over nuclear safety.

The summit, which ended with the adoption of a communique and a work plan on world's nuclear safety, also showed that the international community had reached consensus on taking necessary actions in face of the current challenges of possible proliferation of nuclear materials.

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