22 March 2014
NEXT week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong goes to The Hague to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. Held every two years, the summit reviews the progress made in measures to enhance nuclear security.
It may not appear obvious, but Singapore has an interest in nuclear security.
This is because although the country does not have nuclear power capabilities, it would be exposed to any fallout from a nuclear attack nearby.
More specifically, as a shipping hub, it also has to be careful about container security and the risk that traffickers of nuclear and radioactive materials may use the country’s facilities.
Nuclear terrorism expert Rajesh Basrur says Singapore’s efforts to manage nuclear security risks are strong signs that it is playing its part as a responsible member of the international community.
“Singapore is proactive in implementing the rules requiring high-quality nuclear security, and this is laudable,” says the expert from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).
… RSIS security expert Rohan Gunaratna says Singapore is not out of the nuclear danger zone.
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