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Obama Meets with Leaders of China, Russia to Discuss Nuclear Security

President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Hu Jintao shake hands to start their meeting in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012.
President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Hu Jintao shake hands to start their meeting in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012.

U.S. President Obama met with the leaders of Russia and China ahead of a nuclear non-proliferation summit Monday in the South Korean capital. He also delivered a speech calling on the North Koreans to “have the courage to pursue peace” and “take irreversible steps” to meet their international obligations. The president also cautioned Iran that time is running out to resolve its own nuclear standoff.

Nuclear tensions with North Korea and Iran were the focus for President Obama in a Seoul speech and during his one-on-one sessions, later in the day, with the leaders of Russia and China.

At the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the president said he wanted to directly convey to the leaders in Pyongyang, less than 200 kilometers away, the United States has no hostile intent - but that they should know further provocations will have consequences.

“Your provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not achieved the security you seek, they have undermined it. Instead of the dignity you desire, you are more isolated," said Obama. "Instead of earning the respect of the world, you have been met with strong sanctions.”

The United States and South Korea are warning the North it faces more sanctions if it goes ahead next month with what Pyongyang terms a “space launch.”

Many members of the international community say that would violate existing sanctions forbidding North Korea from utilizing ballistic missile technology.

South Korean army Colonel Yoon Won-shik says the military here will take action if the multi-stage missile veers over this country's territory.

Yoon, a defense ministry spokesman, says the military will attempt to shoot down any parts of the missile that veer from the planned trajectory and crosses South Korea.

In Tokyo, Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka says not only will PAC-3 surface-to-air missiles be deployed in the Ryukyu islands for next month's North Korean launch, they will also be placed adjacent to the defense ministry headquarters in central Tokyo.

The Japanese defense minister says, to eliminate public anxiety, he will soon give orders to the Self Defense Forces and will make a decision on issuing a command to intercept and destroy the missile if it passes over Japan.

Chinese President Hu Jintao met Monday with both South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and, then, Obama to discuss the upcoming North Korean launch.

The Xinhua news agency quotes Hu telling his South Korean counterpart China does not want “a reversal of the hard-won momentum” toward reduced tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Shortly before meeting President Dmitry Medvedev, Obama pledged, in his Seoul speech, to pursue further strategic arms cuts with Russia.

Obama's meetings with the Chinese and Russian leaders also addressed suspicions about the true intent of Iran's nuclear program. In his speech, the president said he desires to work with Beijing and Moscow on a common diplomatic solution, but cautions Tehran that “time is short.

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by: joeg
March 30, 2012 4:55 PM
It's not about nukes with Iran but control of the east and .Saudie will be next and should be .It was their people that did a number 911. Stop support of Israel they have been trouble makers since day one .Vote all the poltical people out of office and pray for g d.help to get our country back to to what is right.or the ends will justfied the means.


by: Jonathan Huang
March 26, 2012 4:47 PM
How can NK give up its nuclear plan, when everyone saw examples that both Sadam and Kazafi were killed after they publicly renounced their nuclear programs? NK must knew developing nuclear weapons is the only way to keep it safe, so does Iran. US is seeding wars everywhere, no wander others want nuclear power.


by: almoros idriss
March 26, 2012 10:39 AM
Thank You so much president Obama! Yes, dealing with the strong Christian Russia's leaders and the moderate communist Chinese government is more better than dealing with those unfriendly nations and closed friends with wrong beliefs! Bye bye the cold war's policies and blind idological hatreds for ever be shared security issues, great world developments and everlasting peace!


by: yosshi
March 26, 2012 6:02 AM
“Your provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons have not achieved the security you seek. Instead of the dignity you desire, you are more isolated," said Obama.

I think this mention might be applied to the USA . It would be very arrogant for any country to apply any sanctions to other countries on the basis of its own thought and dicision. If you want someone to do something, you should be the frontrunner in doing the same thing.


by: Gab to Cha Cha Cohen
March 26, 2012 4:48 AM
Nuclear technology is out of the bag. How do you propose to put it back in? The only thing we can do for sure, is to keep more nations from developing it. The fact that you bring up Israel tells us your position as politically far left or political Islam. Israel has been a excellent steward of its nuclear for forty years. If they give it up, are you going to guarantee their safety and survival? How?


by: subrata
March 26, 2012 4:36 AM
every country should have responsibility ..........about nuclear security


by: Jim
March 26, 2012 4:08 AM
This illustrates the fact that evil people have hearts which cannot be changed, and that without a system of effective checks-and-balances "leaders" tend to become tyrannical. . . . in short, this is why a one world government could never be trusted to be pure of heart, kind in actions, and ethical in its actions.


by: oHyEAH
March 26, 2012 2:22 AM
We are all doomed im telling you!!!


by: Cha Cha Cohen
March 26, 2012 2:00 AM
Only way to obtain nuclear security is to dump nuclear arsenals and nuclear thoughts of every nation from Americas through Israel and Iran to Zambia!

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