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Obama rallies against nukes

Holds summit as U.S. seeks to rein in Iran


President Barack Obama called for the securing of all nuclear weapons materials within four years at a 47-nation conference in Washington Tuesday. The U.S. government is concerned that hundreds of tons of enriched uranium and plutonium left over from the cold war are ripe for theft from poorly secured reactors, research facilities and military bases around the world. A draft text of a communiqué to lock down the materials is being written, although its details remain sketchy. “Two decades after the end of the Cold War, we face a cruel irony of history — the risk of a nuclear confrontation between nations has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up,” said Obama, adding that a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of terrorists would be a “catastrophe for the world.” The conference is expected to result in an agreement between Russia and Washington to reduce stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium, and follows an announcement that Ukraine will get rid of it’s enriched uranium. Obama also met with leaders to get their support for new U.N. sanctions against Iran, which has been defiant over its uranium enrichment program and supposed plan to build a nuclear bomb. However, China, which has a veto on the U.N. Security Council and will be a crucial player in the signing of any agreement, said it will only support a resolution that offers a diplomatic solution to the Iranian crisis. Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has criticized the summit as a U.S. forum to “humiliate human beings.”

New York Times

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Obama rallies against nukes

  1. The danger of stolen nukes — or nuclear material — was very huge when the Soviet Union dissolved and its economy collapsed, meaning that for the following decade a handful of dollars could then have purchase any weapon available.
    Now that nukes are as safely stored as they have been in a quarter century or more, Mr. Obama suddenly raises nuke safety as the world's #1 issue, seemingly much larger than climate change and environmental destruction.
    Very odd. I wonder why the nukes are now the prime global issue? Does it mean there is something even worse is in the immediate wind and governments need time to sort it out or figure out a way to tell us without throwing the planet into panic?
    Just a thought on PR ploys — ploys which have a history of disguising more serious and pending issues.

  2. "Obama rallies against nukes"

    …..except for the thousands under his thumb I guess.

  3. And if he cant reign in Iran, then what.Is it old boss meet new boss.?

  4. Too little, too late.