This weekend Israel helped the world get one step closer to being a safer place from this century’s two most feared and dangerous killing tools—terrorism and nuclear weapons—as it signs an important UN convention dealing with nuclear terrorism.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman signed the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (NCT) over the weekend, as part of Israel's ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and as a mark of the high importance it places on international cooperation in the fight against terrorism in all its aspects.
Israel’s signature follows the adoption of the NCT by the United Nations General Assembly on April 13, 2005. Among the issues addressed, the convention deals with the unlawful possession of nuclear devices or materials by non-state actors. It calls for states to develop appropriate legal frameworks to criminalize nuclear terrorism-related offenses, investigate alleged offenses, and, as appropriate, arrest, prosecute or extradite offenders.
The convention also calls for international cooperation with nuclear terrorism investigations and prosecutions, through information-sharing, extradition and the transfer of detainees to assist with foreign investigations and prosecutions.