July 15, 2006

Global nuclear terror plan to be launched

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin will announce on Saturday the
launch of a global plan to combat the threat of nuclear

The plan aims to keep track of potential terrorists, secure
nuclear materials and permit a joint response if terrorists
obtain a nuclear weapon, a senior Bush administration official

The two nations will call for a meeting with a number of
like-minded countries in the autumn to elaborate on the plan
and endorse a statement of principles about the initiative.

One key goal is to ensure states take all possible means to
deny safe haven to terrorists seeking to acquire or use nuclear
materials, the official said.

The two governments consider the possibility of a secret
and sudden attack with chemical, biological or radiological
weapons one of the greatest threats facing the world today, the
official said.