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Park attends summit on nuclear security

All News 04:49 April 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye attended a summit on nuclear security meant to discuss how to tackle the threats of nuclear terrorism and how to strengthen an international regime for nuclear security.

The meeting has been held every two years since U.S. President Barack Obama hosted the inaugural summit in 2010 as part of efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. This week's meeting will be the final summit.

The summit brought together the leaders of more than 50 countries, including China and Japan, as well as the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union.

Park proposed various efforts to continue to develop an international regime for nuclear security following this week's summit, presidential officials said.

Park and other leaders also exchanged opinions on how to cope with the threat of nuclear terrorism.

More than 100 countries have ratified the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, a key treaty that could give them tools to work together in the event of theft of nuclear material or an attack on a nuclear facility.

Obama said he expects the treaty to enter into force in the coming weeks.

"I'm making it clear that the United States will continue to do our part," Obama said. "Today we're releasing a detailed description of the security measures our military takes to protect nuclear material so that other nations can improve their security and transparency as well."

Park, Obama and dozens of other leaders are set to adopt a communique on nuclear security.

Separately, Park is scheduled to hold talks with her Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, in the first summit between the leaders of the two countries in 12 years.

The two leaders are expected to discuss ways to gain momentum for the development of their ties and expand economic cooperation, according to the South Korean presidential office.


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