Swiss say nuclear powers need more control

President Doris Leuthard has called for more transparency from countries which use nuclear weapons for military purposes.

This content was published on April 13, 2010 minutes

Leuthard, who is attending an international summit in Washington, said the current regulations gave the major nuclear powers an unfair advantage over smaller states which use nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

“They are subject to regular controls about the use of tiny amounts of nuclear materials in hospitals for instance,“ she told public radio.

Leuthard also welcomed the summit, sponsored by United States President Barack Obama, as an important symbolic gesture to combat nuclear terrorism.

Participants will sign a joint declaration to guide future work toward locking away and cleansing the globe of materials still too easily accessible to terrorists.

Switzerland is a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapons state and regularly hosts international summits on disarmament in Geneva.

It has five nuclear power reactors generating about 40 per cent of the country’s electricity.

Urs Geiser, and agencies

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