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Hu attends Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

(Xinhua)

08:38, March 27, 2012

SEOUL, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and leaders from over 50 nations and international organizations met Tuesday in Seoul to explore ways to strengthen international cooperation in nuclear security.

At the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, the leaders are expected to review the achievements made since the Washington summit in 2010.

They will discuss cooperative measures to combat the threats of nuclear terrorism, protect nuclear materials and related facilities, and prevent illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.

In his biweekly radio address last week, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, host of the summit, said that currently, radioactive materials that can be utilized to make as many as 130,000 nuclear weapons are scattered around the globe.

"The objective of the Nuclear Security Summit is to prevent such nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorist groups," he said.

In addition, the leaders will also exchange views on strengthening nuclear safety, which drew renewed attention following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year.

The Fukushima accident, triggered by a strong earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year, raised global concern about nuclear safety.

The process of building new reactors around the globe has slowed down since the disaster.

China attaches great importance to the issue of nuclear security and firmly opposes nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.

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