March 22, 2012 13:30
Participants in the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul next Monday and Tuesday are expected to come up with plans to reduce nuclear materials worldwide. The plans will be finalized by each participating country and then reported to the Korean government by the end of next year.
A senior government official on Wednesday said participants will discuss ways to reduce plutonium and highly enriched uranium with the ultimate goal of preventing terrorism and accidents involving the materials, and submit their reduction plans by late 2013. A communiqué at the end of the summit will list the agreements.
By late next year each participant will submit their reduction plans to Seoul, which will submit them at the next Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands in 2014.
Korea, last year's host the U.S. and next year's host the Netherlands will jointly oversee participating countries' pledges for their reduction efforts. President Lee Myung-bak is to make a formal announcement of the plan at the summit on Tuesday.
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