"Leaders Target Loose Nuclear Material"

"World leaders may pledge tighter controls over nuclear materials to keep them out of the hands of terrorists, according to the draft of a communique to be released at the end of their two-day meeting in Seoul."

"Securing vulnerable nuclear material before the next Nuclear Security Summit in 2014 is the top priority, according to a copy of the six-page working document obtained by Bloomberg News. The draft, completed at a March 23 meeting of nuclear advisers attending the meetings in the South Korean capital, will be subject to debate at the gathering that ends tomorrow.

'One of the virtues of the nuclear security summit process is that all countries can agree that it is worthwhile to prevent nuclear terrorism, even if they cannot agree on proliferation, disarmament, and nuclear energy issues,' Matthew Bunn, a Harvard University professor and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, wrote today in an e-mailed response to questions."

Jonathan Tirone reports for Bloomberg Business Week March 26, 2012.

SEE ALSO:

"Last Enriched Uranium Rumbles Out of Ukraine" ("Reuters)

"US Says 5 Nations Clear Out Weapons-Grade Uranium" (AP)

"Obama Heads To South Korea for Nuclear Nonproliferation Summit, Visit DMZ, US Troops" (Washington Post)

"Obama to Pursue Nuclear Safety, Security, Nonproliferation at Summit" (Voice of America)

"North Korea's Rocket Plan Hijacks Nuclear Summit" (AP)

Monday, March 26, 2012