WASHINGTON — President Obama knows the Global Nuclear Summit, now meeting for the second time in Korea, is not specifically designed to tackle the world’s most dire nuclear flash points — North Korea and Iran (see GSN, March 21).
The summit’s direct focus, and where it has achieved measurable success, is in reducing or securing loose nuclear materials or stockpiles of high enriched uranium that could be used to produce nuclear weapons (see related GSN story, today).
“It doesn’t solve every problem. It doesn’t address every issue,” Obama said Sunday at a press conference in Seoul with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
That’s true. But that is cold comfort to South Korea, which is hosting the summit in Seoul, and feels menaced and double-crossed since nuclear-armed North Korea announced plans to test fire a long-rang ballistic missile next month — after promising not to in exchange for Western food aid (see related GSN story, today). And it doesn’t calm Israel, either, as it weighs its intelligence on how close Iran might be to producing a nuclear weapon and what it might have to do militarily to stop it (see GSN, March 23).
For more on this story, visit: Seeing Iran Through North Korea; Obama’s Hard Work Ahead at Nuclear Summit | Global Security Newswire | NTI.