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President Obama Sees Progress on Nuclear Security

Summary: 
In South Korea, President Obama says that the world has made significant progress in securing nuclear weapons.
Number of the Day: 280 (March 27, 2012)

Two years ago, President Obama welcomed leaders from nearly 50 countries to Washington, DC to discuss nuclear weapons and lay out a framework for reducing their threat to global security.

Yesterday, in South Korea, the President said that the world has made significant progress in achieving that initial set of goals:

We are fulfilling the commitments we made in Washington. We are improving security at our nuclear facilities. We are forging new partnerships. We are removing nuclear materials, and in some cases, getting rid of these materials entirely. And as a result, more of the world's nuclear materials will never fall into the hands of terrorists who would gladly use them against us.

And today, we saw another bit of tangible evidence of that success when the United States announced that more than 280 pounds of highly enriched uranium from the Ukraine have been transferred to Russia, where it will be downblended into low enriched uranium -- which can't be used to make a nuclear weapon.