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Nuclear security summit in D.C.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heads of state aren't the only ones meeting in Washington today to discuss nuclear weapons. More than 200 international nuclear experts are holding an unofficial, parallel conference. And participants are expressing concern that the threat of nuclear terrorism isn't being taken seriously enough.

Matthew Bunn of Harvard says there is "great complacency among policy makers around the world," who don't think terrorists could make a nuclear bomb. Some of the experts at today's meeting say it's not only possible, it's probable.

Former U.S. diplomat Robert Gallucci is one of them. He told the conference it's "probable" that terrorists will detonate an atomic weapon in a city somewhere, though not necessarily in the U.S. or Europe. And he says any country that has suffered serious terrorist attacks "needs to take this threat seriously."

President Barack Obama said yesterday that he feels good about the "sense of urgency" he sees from world leaders on the issue.

 

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