Bush to work with nations on N-threat

Published on Nov 15, 2004 06:44 PM IST

The single greatest danger facing humanity, President Bush says, is the threat of nuclear weapons falling into terrorist hands.

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PTI | ByAssociated Press, Washington

The single greatest danger facing humanity, President George W Bush says, is the threat of nuclear weapons falling into terrorist hands.

So in the next four years, Bush looks to work with other nations to prevent countries from developing nuclear weapons, to secure and dismantle weapons that already exist and stop black-market trafficking of nuclear materials.

This isn't exactly the arms control of past presidents - the lengthy negotiations and detailed agreements, mostly between the United States and the Soviet Union or Russia over nuclear stockpiles, missile defence and weapons testing.

Instead, this is arms control rooted in the September 11, 2001, attacks. "Those attacks also raised the prospect of even worse dangers - of other weapons in the hands of other men," Bush said in February. "The greatest threat before humanity today is the possibility of secret and sudden attack with chemical or biological or radiological or nuclear weapons."

Bush has said terrorism is a global problem and he's looking for a multinational solution. He has worked with other nations to stop North Korea and Iran from developing nuclear programs. He has promoted new programmes to encourage countries to intercept weapons components and to help nations secure or remove radioactive materials.

He has also promised to expand on the 1991 Nunn-Lugar programme for dismantling weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union and finding work for former weapons scientists.

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