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district in the Moscow region in 2003–2004 and obtaining practical results from its operation will make it possible to formulate a concept (system model) for protecting capital cities, especially those of United Nations Security Council member states, from the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism.

At the same time, existing technical means for monitoring shipments of explosives, other hazardous cargo, weapons, and so forth, could be brought to bear in the creation of such a system. Work on addressing problematic questions in the model district could add substantial programmatic and practical impetus to efforts to deal with this urgent current problem.

Proposals to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of an international program for countering and suppressing the illegal circulation of radioactive materials as a preventive measure in the struggle against nuclear and radiological terrorism could serve as a basis for cooperation. My preliminary estimate is that the establishment of monitoring devices in a model district will cost the equivalent of $250,000.

It should also be noted that all matters connected with the creation of this system are of a confidential nature and should not serve as instructions to terrorists in how to circumvent it.



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