The 3rd Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) wrapped up in The Hague, the Netherlands on March 25 with the adoption of a final joint statement that underlined the need to intensify closer international cooperation in securing nuclear security.

The two-day event brought together leaders from 53 countries and five international organisations in seeking measures to reinforce nuclear security and minimise nuclear terrorism threats.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the Vietnamese delegation actively participated in all activities of the event.

In his speeches at the summit, PM Dung showed the country’s sense of responsibility and its active contributions to guaranteeing nuclear safety and security.

The Vietnamese leader laid the emphasis on the need to enhance nuclear security for peace and development.

In addition to efforts of each country, it is necessary to further bolster bilateral, regional and international cooperation, and fully tap the IAEA’s central role in the field, he stated.

The summit statement highlighted the building of a powerful and comprehensive international nuclear security structure with the central role to be played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It also stressed that measures to enhance nuclear security will not impact countries’ nuclear energy development for peaceful purposes.

All countries affirmed their commitments to the common goal of non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons and use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

They also made clear that many challenges remained and stressed the need for increased international cooperation to ensure highly enriched uranium (HEU), plutonium and other radioactive substances do not fall into the wrong hands.

The fourth summit will be held in Chicago, the US, in 2016.-VNA