President Barack Obama is in the Republic of Korea to participate in the second Nuclear Security Summit. More than 50 world leaders are attending the summit to address one of the most urgent challenges of global security -- securing the world's nuclear weapons and preventing nuclear terrorism.
Scheduled to speak at Hankuk University in Seoul, President Obama will deliver remarks on continued efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. You can watch the President's remarks live on www.whitehouse.gov/live at 9:30 p.m. (EDT) on March 25.
Earlier today, the President toured the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and kicked off three days of diplomacy with a pair of bilateral meetings -- with Prime Minister Lee Myung-bak of South Korea and Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. In remarks with President Lee Myung-bak during a joint press conference at the Blue House, President Obama said:
"...My visit to Korea also reflects the enduring strength of our alliance. My last visit to Seoul came as we marked both the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and Veterans Day. And today I traveled, as President Lee mentioned, to the DMZ to thank our men and women in uniform, American and Korean, who serve shoulder to shoulder. They're the reason that we can stand here free today, and prosperous here today. And we salute them all.
"My visit to Korea reflects the fact that the United States is leading again in the Asia Pacific -- a region that will affect American security and prosperity in the 21st century like no other. As I declared in Australia last year, the United State as a Pacific nation will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future. And the cornerstone of our efforts is our strong alliances, including our alliance with the Republic of Korea."
You can go to www.whitehouse.gov and follow @usembassyseoul and @eAsiaMediaHub on Twitter for more information on the President's trip to South Korea. Use the hashtag #NSS2012 to join the discussion on Twitter about the Nuclear Security Summit.
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