Last night Rachel Maddow devoted her show to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) vital nuclear material security and nuclear terrorism prevent efforts. In particular she highlighted the successful effort to remove highly enriched uranium from Mexico in time for the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit to take place in Seoul next week.
This is not the first time that Maddow has highlighted NNSA’s important work in this area (see here, for example).
The Mexico removal is part of NNSA’s contribution to the goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear materials at an accelerated rate. NNSA recently completed the removal of the removal of highly enriched uranium from Ukraine, which will also be announced at the Summit. And rumor has it that the removal of highly enriched uranium from a third country ahead of schedule will also be announced at the Summit.
Maddow’s segment illustrates the important progress that has been made since the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit to ensure that terrorists cannot get their hands on the material to build a nuclear explosive device. And it also demonstrates the need for the administration and Congress to continue to support and build on this vital work and related activities moving forward.