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Nuclear Terrorism

Nuclear terrorism is defined as the use or threat to use nuclear material, nuclear fuel, radioactive products or waste, or any other radioactive substances with toxic, explosive, or other dangerous properties in order to kill or injure persons, damage property or the environment, or to compel persons, States, or international organizations to do or to refrain from doing any act (adapted from the UN International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism).