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Study: West Too Slow to Counter WMD Terror Threat

Western governments and Russia are moving far too slowly to stop terrorists acquiring deadly ingredients to build weapons of mass destruction, a major international report concluded Tuesday. Of a total $20 billion pledged by the Group of Eight last year to secure stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological materials, “only a tiny fraction” has been spent or even allocated to specific projects, it said. “The threat is outpacing the response,” former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn told Reuters in an interview in London. He heads the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an anti-proliferation watchdog which largely funded the study by 21 security think tanks. Nunn said war in Iraq had distracted the United States and diverted resources away from the need to secure WMD materials in regions such as the former Soviet Union. Full Story

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