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How nuclear forensics can help us to tackle nuclear terrorism

Speech given at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism on 7 January 2014.

Good morning. My thanks to the co-chairs of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and all our partners in this event, notably the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

My thanks also to you for taking the time to join us at Lancaster House to explore how nuclear forensics can help us to tackle nuclear terrorism.

Since 2011 the terrorist threat to the UK has remained substantial and it is likely to endure for the foreseeable future.

In that broader sense, reducing the risk from terrorism is no easy task.

The threat continues to change in ways that present us with new operational challenges, and we have to work hard to ensure that our capabilities stay one step ahead of those challenges.

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