Basescu: Romania has responsible policy of preventing and combating use of nuclear materials

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Romania has a responsible policy of preventing and combating the use of nuclear materials and radioactive sources for destructive purposes, said President Traian Basescu in the speech he delivered during the first session of the Nuclear Security Summit on Monday in Seoul.

„Romania took note of the aims and action plan agreed upon during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington as well as of the voluntary national pledges made by the 30 participating states. This way I want to state again the pledges made by Romania at world level on observing the principles of nuclear non-proliferation as well as the nuclear security and safety requirements,” the Presidential Administration quotes Basescu as saying in his speech given during the first session of the Summit.

He made it clear that Romania had a responsible policy of preventing and combating the use of nuclear materials and radioactive sources for destructive purposes.

„At the same time [Romania] gets involved in the international cooperation for taking up the existing legal framework to an extent as large as possible at world level, for making the exchange of good practices in nuclear security and for granting specialist assistance. The accident in Fukushima sounded the alarm for strengthening the safety standards used for nuclear power stations so that people”s life and health should be protected and the integrity of the environment should be secured,” said the Head of State.

He appreciated that by a strict policy of nuclear safety they would be able to build again the confidence of societies in the alternative that is quite efficient ecologically and economically, namely the electric energy from nuclear sources.

„In its capacity as a NATO member state Romania thinks that one must correlate the achievement of the visionary aim of a world without nuclear weapons, in keeping with the spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the statements made by President Obama, with the NATO nuclear policy, according to which the Alliance will have to preserve its nuclear capacities as long as weapons of this kind continue to exist. This is an additional guarantee of ensuring security to all the member states of the Alliance,” said Romania”s President.

President Traian Basescu on March 26 and 27, in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, attends the second Nuclear Security Summit at the invitation of his Korean counterpart, President Lee Myung-bak.

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