Risk of Islamic State obtaining the nuclear bomb is real: Obama

(From AP)

World leaders declared progress in securing nuclear materials worldwide but warned of a persistent and harrowing threat: terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear bomb. “It would change our world,” President Barack Obama said.

President Barack Obama (center) speaks as Xi Jinping, China's president (right), and Francois Hollande, France's president (left), listen during a P5+1 multilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington on Apr.

President Barack Obama (center) speaks during a P5+1 multilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington 

So far, no terrorists have gotten a nuclear weapon or a dirty bomb, Obama said, crediting global efforts to secure nuclear material. But he said it was not for lack of trying: Al-Qaida has sought nuclear materials, IS has deployed chemical weapons and extremists linked to the Brussels and Paris attacks were found to have spied on a top Belgian nuclear official, Obama said.

 “We have measurably reduced the risk,” Obama said. Still, he added, “the threat of nuclear terrorism persists and continues to evolve.”

At this year’s summit — Obama’s last major push on denuclearization — deep concerns about nuclear terrorism have tempered other, more positive signs of the world coming together to confront the broader nuclear threat. Read More



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