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The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit has entered its second day. Leaders and representatives from more than 50 nations and four international organizations are discussing responses to nuclear terrorism, the safeguarding of nuclear materials and facilities, as well as ways to prevent the illegal trafficking of nuclear materials.
Beyond Security, Towards Peace - World leaders have come to Seoul in search of a consensus on a safer nuclear world. Chinese President Hu Jintao delivered a speech explaining China’s position and the important measures his nation has taken in the nuclear field.
|Video grab taken on March 27, 2012 shows the meeting hall of the morning plenary session of|
the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea. The morning plenary session of the
2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit started here Tuesday morning. (Xinhua)
Hu Jintao, Chinese President, said, "China has conducted comprehensive, nationwide inspections on the security of its nuclear facilities. China has strengthened human resources development in the field of nuclear security. We have established comprehensive training programs and diverse modes of training, and trained over 500 related personnel for the country."
Meanwhile, Hu Jintao says China has honored its international nuclear security obligations and engaged in extensive international nuclear security cooperation. He also outlined a four-point proposal for securing a safe world with nuclear security.
|Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) addresses the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in |
Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea (ROK), March 27, 2012. The NSS morning plenary
session started here Tuesday. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Hu Jintao, Chinese President, said, "First, we need to follow a scientific and sensible approach to nuclear security and boost confidence in the development of nuclear energy. Second, we need to strengthen nuclear security capacity building and live up to national responsibilities for ensuring nuclear security. Third, we need to deepen international cooperation and exchanges and improve nuclear security around the world. Fourth, we need to take a comprehensive approach and address both the symptoms and root causes of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism."
In his opening remarks at the beginning of the session, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak stressed the need for close international coordination to strengthen the global nuclear security regime.
Lee Myung-bak, South Korean President, said, "I expect the Seoul summit, building upon the achievements made at the Washington summit, to take a step further in generating a consensus and action plans."
|Video grab taken on March 27, 2012 shows South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak (R) speaks|
at the morning plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea.
Noting 1,600 tons of highly enriched uranium and 500 tons of plutonium capable of producing some 126,500 nuclear weapons are stored worldwide, Lee said minimizing and ultimately removing all loose nuclear materials is the fundamental solution for preventing nuclear terrorism.
US President Barack Obama said nations come to the summit "not to talk but to take actions". He says the world’s governments are fulfilling commitments made in Washington, removing nuclear materials, making more real, tangible steps. He adds the threats also remain and it requires sustainable international cooperation.
Barack Obama, US President, said, "I think we all understand that no one nation can do this alone, and the goal will only be met when we work as an international community. What we did in Washington and what we do in Seoul will be part of a larger global architecture designed to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism and pursuing peaceful uses of nuclear technology."
After the morning session, leaders gathered for a group photo. The plenary session will be followed by a working lunch and another plenary session before Lee holds a press conference highlighting the achievements of the two- day summit.