Nuclear Security Summit begins in the Netherlands

World leaders are meeting to discuss steps to prevent nuclear terrorism.

World leaders are meeting to discuss steps to prevent nuclear terrorism.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) started Monday in The Hague with the participation of 58 leaders from 53 countries and 4 international organizations.

Delegations to the two-day summit, which is scheduled to start at 13:30 local time, will be received by The Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the World Forum. After the official opening, the plenary meeting will start.

Although the main topics of the agenda this year are the prevention of nuclear terrorism through reducing nuclear materials; improving the security of all nuclear materials and radioactive sources; and developing international cooperation; recent developments in Ukraine are also likely to be discussed.

Leaders are also expected to reiterate their commitments to minimize the use of highly enriched uranium.

The heads of delegations include the U.S. President Barack Obama, China's President Xi Jinping, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, France's President Francois Hollande, President of the EU Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is not attending the Summit. Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Meanwhile, G7 leaders are going to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit where they will be discussing Russia's military steps in Crimea, and its expulsion from G8. 

The first NSS was held in Washington D.C. in 2010 and the second was held in Seoul in 2012. The fourth summit is planned to be held in the U.S. in 2016.

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