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Nuclear acquisition a real threat in Russia, Pakistan
If the world’s existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable nuclear materials can be secured reliably, nuclear terrorism can be prevented. Simple enough, but therein lies the challenge. A recent analysis of the situation commissioned by the Nuclear Threat Initiative concludes that "a fast-paced global partnership is urgently needed to secure the world’s nuclear stockpiles before terrorists and thieves get to them. This must be a global effort, as the essential ingredients of nuclear weapons exist in more than 40 countries, on every inhabited continent."1
Key issues and areas for action cited in the report are summarized as follows:
1. Bunn M, Wier A. Securing the Bomb: An Agenda for Action. Washington, DC: Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Project on Managing the Atom, Harvard University; May 2004.