35 countries pledge to boost nuclear security _lowres

Associated Press photo by Bart Maat -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, left, Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer, second left, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, third from left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, fifth from right, Indonesia's Vice President Boediono, fourth from right, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, third from right, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, second right, attend an informal plenary session Tuesday on the last day of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — More than 30 countries are pledging to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move hailed by experts as the most significant achievement of a two-day summit.

The initiative pushed by host nation the Netherlands, the United States and South Korea also commits nations to open up their security procedures to independent review, a further step toward creating an overarching international legal framework designed to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.

The three countries announced Tuesday on the closing day of the Nuclear Security Summit that 35 nations have signed up.

Experts want still broader involvement.

Miles Pomper of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies says, “We need to get the rest of the summit members to sign up to it, especially Russia.”