Nuclear terrorism treaty presented at UN

Nuclear terrorism treaty presented at UN

A United Nations committee Friday adopted a draft of a new treaty to fight nuclear terrorism [UN press release] after years of negotiations. The draft defines acts of nuclear terrorism and strengthens the framework to combat it. The text now goes to the General Assembly for formal adoption, with the treaty opened for signature on 14 September. "The draft aims to deal with assisting states in solving situations created by terrorist groups possessing nuclear material, and post-crisis situations by rendering the nuclear material safe in accordance with safeguards provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency," Committee chairman Rohan Perera of Sri Lanka told a news conference [press briefing transcript]. The UN News Centre has more.