Better security curbing nuclear terrorism: U.N. body

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Better security curbing nuclear terrorism: U.N. body

Post by Joe Bese on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:36 pm

(Reuters) - It has become harder for al Qaeda-style groups to obtain components for an atomic weapon since world leaders agreed last year to improve security of potential bomb material, the U.N. nuclear agency believes.

"The amount of material which is better controlled is larger," Anita Birgitta Nilsson, nuclear safety and security director at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a weekend interview.

The Vienna-based body is helping countries prevent smuggling of uranium, plutonium or other items that could be used to make a nuclear device or a dirty bomb, which combines conventional explosives such as dynamite with radioactive material.
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