Among the many ramifications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in March 2011, one of the less discussed has been the impact on the agenda for the Seoul 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. The first such summit focused exclusively on preventing terrorists from acquiring enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. No nuclear summit so soon after Fukushima would look credible if it ignored the issue, and in June the South Korean government announced that nuclear safety would be added to the 2012 agenda.

Among the many ramifications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in March 2011, one of the less discussed has been the impact on the agenda for the Seoul 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. The first summit, held in Washington in 2010, focused exclusively on preventing nuclear terrorism – that is, stopping terrorists acquiring enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. No nuclear summit so soon after Fukushima would look credible if it ignored the issue, and in June the South Korean government announced that nuclear safety would be added to the 2012 agenda. For some experts, it is crucial that the subject of reactor safety does not distract governments from work to prevent terrorists getting hold of nuclear material, since an act of nuclear terrorism could be even more damaging than a Fukushima-style accident.

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