Obama Mobilizes Countries for Nuclear Security

Obama Mobilizes Countries for Nuclear Security

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Leaders from 47 countries are in Washington for a 2-day summit on nuclear security. The goal: to keep all nuclear materials out of the hands of smugglers and terrorists.

On Sunday, President Obama held talks with some of the leaders of countries that have nuclear weapons like India and Pakistan. The majority of the countries on the guest list, like the Philippines, do not have nuclear weapons, but Obama wants to mobilize a global effort to secure all nuclear materials from theft or diversion in 4 years.

“Organizations like Al Qaeda are in the process of trying to secure nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and have no compunction of using them,” the President said.

In a protest action, a group of Filipino Americans picketed against President Gloria Arroyo’s participation in the summit. While the group hailed Obama’s efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the group called Arroyo the number one threat to peace and security in the Philippines.

“Political hypocrisy ito dahil si Arroyo at ang ating Philippine military hindi mo puwedeng i-consider na peace advocate dahil sa dami ng human rights violations na nangyayari [This is political hypocrisy because you cannot consider Pres. Arroyo and the Philippine military as peace advocates when there is such widespread human rights violations happening there],” said community leader and attorney Arnedo Valera.

President Arroyo arrived in Washington D.C. from San Francisco Monday afternoon, in time for the official start of the summit when President Obama welcomes world leaders at the Walter Washington Convention Center.