All nuclear-powered nations must be included in nuclear summit: Malaysia DPM

 All nuclear-powered nations must be included in nuclear summit: Malaysia DPM
Muhyiddin (top, right) getting ready for a photo shoot with other leaders at the summit in The Hague.

THE HAGUE - Malaysia wants "certain nuclear-powered countries" to be included in the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was pertinent to secure the co-operation of all countries in addressing nuclear issues.

It is understood that North Korea and Iran are among the nuclear states that are not members of NSS.

"My delegation feels that the way forward is to invite more countries to participate in the NSS process.

"In this way, we can share with them the lessons we have learnt and encourage them to adopt the best practices that we have established," Muhyiddin said during a plenary on the future of the nuclear security summit process at the 3rd biennial NSS here on Tuesday.

The participation of as many countries as possible was needed to ensure the success of initiatives such as preventing nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists, he said.

Muhyiddin said there was a need to look into the "appropriate role" for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to play in the future NSS processes.

"With its vast experience and a large pool of technical expertise, the IAEA is the appropriate international body to continue our work," he said adding that a decision on the matter should be made at the next summit.

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