Nuclear agency chief calls for more action to prevent nuclear terrorismListen /
More must be done in the global fight against nuclear terrorism, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told world leaders meeting in the General Assembly.
IAEA chief Dr. Yukiya Amano said action is urgently needed to ratify an amendment to the Convention on the Protection of Nuclear Material, the only international legally binding treaty on this issue.
"The amendment would expand the convention's coverage to include, under protection of nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport, and the protection of nuclear facilities against acts of sabotage. Entry into force would make an important difference to global nuclear security."
Amano was addressing a high-level meeting on countering nuclear terrorism convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The annual debate in the General Assembly was temporarily suspended to address the matter.