Discussing the Global Economy and Nuclear Security in Seoul

The Korean trade agreement will support an estimated 70,000 jobs

Tomorrow, President Obama will head home from South Korea -- after a busy three days of diplomatic meetings and discussions of nuclear security.

At a talk today with students at Hankuk University, the President outlined the reasons why he's made the issue such a major priority:

We’re building an international architecture that can ensure nuclear safety.  But we’re under no illusions. We know that nuclear material, enough for many weapons, is still being stored without adequate protection. And we know that terrorists and criminal gangs are still trying to get their hands on it -- as well as radioactive material for a dirty bomb. We know that just the smallest amount of plutonium -- about the size of an apple -- could kill hundreds of thousands and spark a global crisis. The danger of nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to global security. And that's why here in Seoul, we need to keep at it.

This is the President's third official visit to South Korea, and as he pointed out today, he's been to Seoul more than any other capital. That fact obviously speaks to the strength of the political relationship between our two nations, but it also highlights our growing economic ties.

That's why President Obama worked so hard to pass the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement -- which will help to support an estimated 70,000 jobs in the years ahead and increase U.S. GDP by at least $11 billion due to increased exports of goods.

The economy was also a topic of discussion in a series of bilateral meetings between President Obama and foreign leaders. Today, he held talks with President Hu Jintao of China, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.

  • President Barack Obama Talks With Ambassador Sung Kim

    President Obama talks with U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Korea Sung Kim aboard Marine One, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Meets With Senior Staff

    President Obama meets with senior staff in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Greets Troops

    President Barack Obama greets troops the dining hall at Camp Bonifas, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Signs A Bar

    President Obama signs a bar in the dining hall at Camp Bonifas, Republic of Korea,March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Is Briefed By Lt. Col. Ed Taylor

    President Obama is briefed by Lt. Col. Ed Taylor at Camp Bonifas, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Uses Binoculars To View The DMZ

    President Obama uses binoculars to view the DMZ at Camp Bonifas, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Marine One Departs Camp Bonifas

    Marine One departs Camp Bonifas en route to Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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  • President Barack Obama Talks With Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

    President Obama talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama And President Lee Myung-bak Walk Down The Grand Staircase

    President Obama and President of Republic of Korea Myung-bak after their bilateral meeting, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Is Briefed Before A Press Conference

    President Obama is briefed before a conference with the President of Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama And President Lee Myung-bak Shake Hands

    President Obama and President of Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak shake hands, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Gestures at the Working Dinner at the Spring House

    President Obama gestures before the start of a working dinner at the Spring House in Seoul, March 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Delivers Remarks At Hankuk University Of Foreign Studies

    President Obama delivers remarks at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Students Listen As President Barack Obama Delivers Remarks

    Students listen as President Obama delivers remarks at Hankuk University in Seoul, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Greets Members Of The Audience

    President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at Hankuk University, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Talks With President Dmitry Medvedev

    President Obama and President Medvedev of the Russian Federation in a bilateral meeting, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama And President Dmitry Medvedev Of The Russian Federation Exchange Gifts

    President Obama and President Medvedev of the Russian Federation exchange gifts, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama And President Hu Jintao

    President Obama and President Jintao of China participate in a bilateral meeting, March 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama As He Arrives At The Coex Center

    Vic Erevia, U.S. Secret Service Special-Agent-in-Charge, holds the door for President Obama, March 27, 2012.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Jokingly Covers The Microphone

    President Obama jokingly covers the microphone before the Nuclear Security Summit, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Talks With Staff

    President Obama talks with Press Secretary Carney, Dan Pfeiffer, and Ben Rhodes, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Flags for the Family Photo

    Flags are held as place holders for heads of delegation before the family photo, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Obama Nuclear Security Summit Family Photo

    President Obama joins other heads of delegations for the Nuclear Security Summit photo, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Walks With President Nursultan Nazarbayev And President Dmitry Medvedev

    President Obama with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and President Medvedev of Russia, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Talks With National Security Advisor Tom Donilon

    President Obama talks with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Talks With President Viktor Yanukovych

    President Obama in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Gillani of Pakistan, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Meets With Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani Of Pakistan

    People wave along President Obama's motorcade route, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • People Wave Along President Barack Obama's Motorcade Route

    President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One at Osan Air Base, March 27, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • President Barack Obama Waves From The Top Of The Stairs
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