EDGARTOWN, Mass.—President Barack Obama will host next spring a gathering of world leaders aimed at stemming the global spread of nuclear weapons, the White House said Monday.
Obama to Host Washington Summit on Nuclear Proliferation
The Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., will be the first such meeting since the U.S. and five other world powers secured the deal with Iran to restrain its nuclear program. It is also one of Mr. Obama’s last opportunities to advance an issue that, despite the Iran deal, has seen little progress since his early emphasis on it.
Recent U.S. tensions with Russia have prevented the White House from building on some agreements reached in his first term, and North Korea’s arsenal has grown during Mr. Obama’s presidency.
Mr. Obama—who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 in part because of his stated commitment to nonproliferation—is also facing the prospect that U.S. allies in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, will try to match the nuclear capabilities Iran is allowed to maintain under the deal.
The White House said Mr. Obama will host the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit on March 31 and April 1. The announcement came while the president is on a two-week vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
In a statement, the White House said the summit will focus on ways to “minimize the use of highly enriched uranium, secure vulnerable materials, counter nuclear smuggling, and deter, detect and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.”
“We cannot afford to wait for an act of nuclear terrorism before working together to collectively raise our standards for nuclear security,” the statement said.
Wall Street Journal [http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-to-host-washington-summit-on-nuclear-proliferation-1439234491] 13/08/2015