Obama hails ‘fundamental shift’ on nuke security

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — President Obama hailed a ‘‘fundamental shift’’ in international efforts to fight nuclear terrorism as 35 countries pledged Tuesday to turn guidelines on nuclear security into national laws.

At the close of a two-day summit, the group also agreed to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an international legal framework to thwart nuclear terrorism.

The move is a joint initiative sponsored by host country the Netherlands, along with past summit hosts the United States and South Korea.

‘‘I believe this is essential to the security of the entire world,’’ Obama said at a press conference wrapping up the summit.

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