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IAEA meeting discusses nuclear security

VIENNA, March 30 (UPI) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency opened a conference Monday in Vienna, bringing security officials together to address the future of nuclear security.

The International Symposium on Nuclear Security has brought together policymakers and security experts from more than 90 countries to discuss ways to strengthen nuclear security and coordinate efforts to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism, the IAEA reported.

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The conference, organized by the IAEA and taking place through Friday in Vienna, is part of an effort to review past successes in the ongoing protection of radioactive material and identify best practices from the past seven years of organized international cooperation.

"The landscape has changed over these seven years," Anita Nilsson, head of the IAEA Office of Nuclear Security, said in a statement.

"A considerable investment has been made to strengthen nuclear security -- an effort that has provided us with a significant amount of knowledge about nuclear-security threats and what can be done to alleviate them."

Officials said the conference is also an opportunity for the international community to strengthen nuclear-security activities and plan future efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.

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