In Seoul, President Obama Discusses Efforts To Stop the Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 27, 2012
President Obama at Hankuk University in Seoul

Today, President Barack Obama continued his visit to South Korea, where he held bilateral meetings with President Hu Jintao of China, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.

More than 50 world leaders are currently attending the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in South Korea. Speaking at Hankuk University in Seoul, President Obama provided an update on continued efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and outlined why he has made this a foreign policy priority. President Obama said:

"...In short, the international community has made it harder than ever for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons, and that has made us all safer. We're building an international architecture that can ensure nuclear safety. But we're under no illusions. We know that nuclear material, enough for many weapons, is still being stored without adequate protection. And we know that terrorists and criminal gangs are still trying to get their hands on it -- as well as radioactive material for a dirty bomb. We know that just the smallest amount of plutonium -- about the size of an apple -- could kill hundreds of thousands and spark a global crisis. The danger of nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to global security. And that's why here in Seoul, we need to keep at it."

This trip marks President Obama's third visit to South Korea as President, which he noted, saying, "...I've now been to Seoul more times than any other capital -- except for Washington, D.C., of course. This reflects the extraordinary bonds between our two countries and our commitment to each other." In his remarks at Hankuk University, President Obama spoke about this commitment. He said:

"The currents of history cannot be held back forever. The deep longing for freedom and dignity will not go away. So, too, on this divided peninsula. The day all Koreans yearn for will not come easily or without great sacrifice. But make no mistake, it will come. And when it does, change will unfold that once seemed impossible. And checkpoints will open and watchtowers will stand empty, and families long separated will finally be reunited. And the Korean people, at long last, will be whole and free. Like our vision of a world without nuclear weapons, our vision of a Korea that stands as one may not be reached quickly. But from this day until then, and all the days that follow, we take comfort in knowing that the security we seek, the peace we want, is closer at hand because of the great alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and because we stand for the dignity and freedom of all Koreans. And no matter the test, no matter the trial, we stand together. We work together. We go together. Katchi kapshida!"

You can learn more about President Obama's trip to South Korea on the White House Blog. Follow the Twitter accounts @usembassyseoul and @eAsiaMediaHub and the hashtag #NSS2012 and go to www.state.gov for more information on the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit.

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Comments

soviet95
March 27, 2012

W.W. writes:

all corrupted - all set - all part of a mob with the clear intent to exploit civil population around the globe - Israel the only country nation people that begun to understand the fraude

John
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Canada
March 27, 2012

John in Canada writes:

This has been a problem for many decades. Why the resurgence of this issue, it seems almost desperate? Were we not always at risk? What has changed to make this nuclear issue so important right now? Forgive me but given that it has been a threat for some time (decades)– the sudden resurgence of the issue I find a little disturbing- what is really driving it? Governments often only move and make such noise when they respond to fear of something to be somewhat imminent. (sorry but past performance of any government shows they are not very good with foresight) So whats behind all this noise?

Whats your opinion on this Eric?

Sam
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United States
March 27, 2012

Sam in the U.S.A. writes:

It would be a giant step forward in diplomacy if various US delegations would stop walking out during speeches given by representatives of Iran, Syria, North Korea, or anyone else.

It just looks awful and embarrassing to see our delegation appear so tongue-tied or witless as to have nothing to say about Iran's accusations and then abruptly leave everyone at the meeting with the impression that the US side had done something wrong and is afraid to answer.

What you need to do is sit there and take it, and listen, and when it is your turn to reply, speak to the point so strongly that you make THEM walk out.

You embarrass them with the truth if you can. You humiliate them with their lies, if they lied. And if they happen to be right, then act like adults and listen to them and consider whether their critical comments may be widely-held views across the entire region rather than theirs alone.

The only defense to untrue or unfair speech is more speech, not fleeing from verbal battle. It makes you look weak and guilty when you sneak out of the room without responding, and that is un-American. As one country song said, "These colors don't run".

What kind of diplomat would run away from a verbal battle with the enemy while his soldiers must bravely face enemy gunfire on every battlefield? Which looks more cowardly, running away from some guy at the podium or running away from gunfire?

Why can't you find the courage to defend your country rather than run away and hide from your verbal adversaries? If your policies and activities are defensable, then defend them; if not, then change them. But stop running away like vandals caught defacing a building - it is really embarrasing to all of us.

John
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Canada
March 27, 2012

John in Canada writes:

@ Sam in U.S.A

Well said.

Perhaps if the fighting took place in an open debate – lives could be saved. If nothing else it would prove to be more interesting then the filtered junk we see so often from leadership worldwide.

After all its no surprise to the majority of people when leaders get it wrong – we all pay the price .. for a long time.(so why hide it and play pretend with fake smiles and sound bites?). I would love to see some intelligent on the fly speak from all sides....if a leader is a fool...call him out openly and dust the nonsense aside.

But I guess its all about false pride, fear, egos, deals and reelection.

Ashim C.
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India
March 27, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

With dissidence growing and getting increasingly reflected in power struggle in China, it is time to acknowledge that China too would cease to be a gigantic monolith as Soviet Russia used to be. When Soviet Russia disintegrated, real threat of nuclear materials had surged suddenly. China as of now is strong but it can change dramatically. In that situation, there would be fresh threats. So there certainly is a case for Chinese nuclear programmes, installations and nuclear materials being subjected to international monitoring and China voluntering to offer itself for that. And this becomes easy if other nuclear powers offer to be monitored under a multi-lateral arrangement instead of any bilateral arrangement. If this happens other emerging nuclear powers will have no hesitation in falling in line and give new fillip to non proliferation with substance.

palgye
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South Korea
March 30, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea's ruling party, opposition parties, conglomerates, their Pyeongchang purchased the land for disposal of taxpayers owned 10 years, does not dispose of the land, to sell - to dispose of, international think it was fraud.

I worked briefly for a job cadre of parents - the workplace, employees without pay and pay well - in Pyeongchang had purchased, land prices had climbed're loved. In Korea, most people, staff salaries also suggest that, for the earth is speculation. Korea's leaders, most of your favorite president of the land speculators, I think. In Seoul, South Korea, to prepare a house to live an ordinary life for people, have to save only a couple of decades, a home purchase. Lots of people do not buy .....

I lived in Seoul, the normal methods would be impossible to buy a house neugyeotseupnida.

However, those of land speculators, but ....

yunna Kim?

Why not?

Korea's college students listened to the speech of the President of the United States, the reason for different behavior ...

Korea's political, economic social and cultural one percent of minority-owned, while the citizens of South Korea is attributed to handle like a slave. Immigrants go? This is Korea. The United States, but ....

Still, Korea's leaders, such as fraud in the United States because of political leaders to protect Korea's college students must not excited about the U.S. President's speech must, think.

and

To manipulate the stock market,,,

However, lack of know how to cope, just hides the anger live.

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