President Park lays out nuclear security plan at Nuclear Security SummitUpdated: 2014-03-25 16:03:56 KST
President Park Geun-hye has laid out a systematic plan to enhance nuclear security worldwide.
In a four-point proposal made during her opening remarks at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the president said the international community should take an integrated approach towards nuclear security, disarmament and non-proliferation.
She referred to Washington and Moscow's initiative that turned nuclear arms materials into nuclear fuel, saying it was a prime example of turning "swords into plowshares."
The Korean leader then said there's a need for regional cooperation on nuclear security, such as in Northeast Asia where 23 percent of the world's nuclear power plants are in operation.
President Park also talked about the need for countries to share technology and experiences to level the playing field.
Lastly, she said more measures are required to prevent cyber terror attacks on nuclear power plants.
President Park also made a point of commending international efforts to strengthen nuclear security.
She mentioned countries voluntarily allowing the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect their nuclear material protection systems.
She also voiced concern about North Korea's nuclear materials getting into the hands of terrorist organizations and nuclear safety.
"Many nuclear facilities are based at North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. If one building were to catch fire, it could lead to a nuclear catastrophe more serious than the one in Chernobyl."
"The South Korean leader used the opportunity to raise concerns about the dangers of North Korea's nuclear development program. She then said a nuclear-free Korean peninsula should be the first step towards a world without nuclear arms.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News, The Hague."
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"The South Korean leader used the opportunity to raise concerns about the dangers of North Korea's nuclear development program."
I'm not so sure about Ms. Pak's comment. It's my understanding that the D.P.R.K.'s nuclear weapon program is for self-defense purposes. Apparently Ms. Pak has forgotten about Japanese colonization (1910-1945)and who An Jung-geun was. Ms. Pak must be out of her mind. I hope Ms. Pak isn't the leader of a reunified Korea. Good grief.