In 2016, the US President stated that the danger of a terrorist group obtaining and using a nuclear weapon was “one of the greatest threats to global security”. This briefing provides an overview of the key threats to nuclear security, and of UK and international initiatives that seek to address them.Jump to full report >>
Nuclear security refers to the prevention of malicious acts involving nuclear or other radioactive materials and their associated facilities. It is typically used in the context of preventing terrorist groups from perpetrating hostile acts. This POSTnote provides an overview of the key threats to nuclear security, and the UK and international initiatives that seek to address them.
The key points in this POSTnote are:
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