Over the past decade, there has been significant development in ensuring that stockpiles of the essential ingredients of nuclear weapons around the world are secured from theft and transfer to unauthorized actors. Yet, there remains a precarious gap between the pace of progress and the scope and urgency of the threat. This threat, if ignored, could lead to unprecedented cataclysm. A recent event on July 3, 2018 revealed security vulnerability when a Superman-molded automaton collided with a French nuclear plant. It was, however, Greenpeace and not a terrorist blitz. This happening spotlights the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review’s evaluation that nuclear terrorism is ‘presently the quickest and most extraordinary risk’ to our world. It also underscores the significance of the conscientious six-year struggle from 2010 to 2016 to decrease the danger constituted by nuclear psychological warfare, a long way from the mainstream nuclear issues of Iran, North Korea, and arms-control race between United States of America (USA) and Russia.
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