Representatives of around 50 countries have arrived in South Korea’s capital Seoul for a summit aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism.
Speaking ahead of the gathering, President Barack Obama vowed to pursue further arms cuts with Russia as part of a broader nuclear disarmament agenda for the United States.
“We have more nuclear weapons than we need,” the US leader told students at South Korea’s Hankuk University. “I firmly believe that we can ensure the security of the United States and our allies, maintain a strong deterrent against any threat and still pursue further reductions in our nuclear arsenal.”
Obama also issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West.
There is tight security for a summit in which the US President will try to rally world leaders to take more concrete steps against the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Obama came into office in 2008 declaring nuclear disarmament policy a major theme of his presidency. However momentum has slowed with the approach of the 2012 presidential election.