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How far away are we from nuclear terrorism?

By Jiao Shixin (Jiefang Daily)

16:15, March 28, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Nuclear terrorism refers to the use, or threat of the use of nuclear weapons or other nuclear-related measures in acts of terrorism, which can cause enormous destruction.

Nuclear terrorism can take many forms. The simplest form is building a dirty bomb, which uses explosives to release nuclear and other radioactive material resulting in nuclear pollution and radiation damage. As the decay of uranium and other nuclear materials normally takes hundreds of thousands of years, a dirty bomb attack can cause lasting damage to a country or region. Instead of acquiring a ready-made nuclear weapon, terrorists may attack nuclear power plants or nuclear facilities to achieve their destructive goals. Compared to potential threats from nuclear states, nuclear terrorism is a nearer and more urgent threat.

The International Atomic Energy Authority recorded more than 1,500 incidents where nuclear and other radioactive material had been lost, stolen, or possessed without authorization between 1993 and 2008 when the global financial crisis occurred. It also recorded more than 1,600 incidents of nuclear smuggling during the period, over 20 of which involved the smuggling of nuclear material that was enough to build a simple atom bomb.

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skumar at 2012-03-3059.176.115.*
By citing only India,you have missed more vulnerable country like PAKISTAN.
PD User at 2012-03-3070.244.239.*
it is good to see that you are talking the issue that drives the actions of the west.
PD User at 2012-03-2991.194.221.*
how far are we from nuclear terrorism?satan jew at Number Ten ATOM BOMB WESTMINSTERpaul pawlowski KeeperMuzeum Sczytaja119 days to Flower on 3 stones HOLOCAUST Altar for ApolloLondon Holy Paean in Praise of Apollo
Michael Childress at 2012-03-2972.75.83.*
Nuclear terrorism occurred in 1945. it should also be noted that a "dirty" bomb has changed meanings as it originally referred to bombs with high levels of neutron radiation.
helen at 2012-03-28175.136.85.*
The United States government is responsible for most of the global terrorism and nuclear terrorism is never far from their agenda. This question is best answered by the United States.
  

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