18 U.S. Code § 2332i. Acts of nuclear terrorism
(1)In general.—Whoever knowingly and unlawfully—
(A) possesses radioactive material or makes or possesses a device—
with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury; or
(B) uses in any way radioactive material or a device, or uses or damages or interferes with the operation of a nuclear facility in a manner that causes the release of or increases the risk of the release of radioactive material, or causes radioactive contamination or exposure to radiation—
with the intent to cause substantial damage to property or the environment or with the knowledge that such act is likely to cause substantial damage to property or the environment; or
shall be punished as prescribed in subsection (c).
Whoever, under circumstances in which the threat may reasonably be believed, threatens to commit an offense under paragraph (1) shall be punished as prescribed in subsection (c). Whoever demands possession of or access to radioactive material, a device or a nuclear facility by threat or by use of force shall be punished as prescribed in subsection (c).
(b)Jurisdiction.—Conduct prohibited by subsection (a) is within the jurisdiction of the United States if—
(2) the prohibited conduct takes place outside of the United States and—
a perpetrator of the prohibited conduct is found in the United States.
Whoever violates this section shall be fined not more than $2,000,000 and shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
(d)Nonapplicability.—This section does not apply to—
the activities of armed forces during an armed conflict, as those terms are understood under the law of war, which are governed by that law; or
activities undertaken by military forces of a state in the exercise of their official duties.
(e)Definitions.—As used in this section, the term—
(2) “device” means:
“military forces of a state” means the armed forces of a country that are organized, trained and equipped under its internal law for the primary purpose of national defense or security and persons acting in support of those armed forces who are under their formal command, control and responsibility;
(6) “nuclear facility” means:
any plant or conveyance being used for the production, storage, processing or transport of radioactive material; or
“radioactive material” means nuclear material and other radioactive substances that contain nuclides that undergo spontaneous disintegration (a process accompanied by emission of one or more types of ionizing radiation, such as alpha-, beta-, neutron particles and gamma rays) and that may, owing to their radiological or fissile properties, cause death, serious bodily injury or substantial damage to property or to the environment;
“state” has the same meaning as that term has under international law, and includes all political subdivisions thereof;
References in Text
Section 1502(19) of title 33, referred to in subsec. (e)(13), probably should be a reference to section 3(19) of the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, which is classified to section 1502(19) of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters.
 See References in Text note below.