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Obama host nuclear security summit

WASHINGTON (ABC)-- Monday President Barack Obama will be joined by the leaders of 47 countries in Washington to convene a nuclear summit in an attempt to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials from terrorist organizations.

Leaders from around the world are converging on Washington Monday to address what many feel is the most urgent security issue in the world--how to prevent a devastating nuclear attack. 

Obama says, "The single biggest threat to US security, both short-term, medium term and long term would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon."

On Sunday, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton talked about how the threat from nuclear weapons has changed over the years.  

Clinton says, "We often say that the threat of nuclear war, as we used to think about it during the Cold War, has actually decreased. But the threat of nuclear terrorism has increased."

President Obama hopes to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years, a goal intelligence experts believe may be unrealistic but necessary.  

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA Agent, says" The world's got to treat the nuclear threats that we face with a much greater sense of urgency than we have in the last few years.

The president hopes to convince China to step up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.  This, just days after Iran unveiled a new generation of centrifuges.

Clinton says, "Their belligerence is helping to make our case every single day."

The summit follows closely last week's signing of a new arms reduction treaty by the U.S. and Russia which will cut nuclear warheads in each country by about thirty percent.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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