Seoul readies for nuclear summit

Leaders of 55 nations and international organizations are set to descend on Seoul in four months’ time for the second Nuclear Security Summit, providing an opportunity for Korea to take a leading role in global nuclear security efforts.

But for most members of the public, the issue isn’t on their radar, aside from abstract notions of deterring North Korea’s nuclear threats. That is expected to change, according to many officials here in Seoul, who say that the upcoming summit will be an opportunity to not only strengthen international cooperation on the issue but also raise awareness in the public arena here at home.

“Over the past several years, we have been moving relatively quickly to strengthen nuclear security at home and abroad,” said an official from the Nuclear Safety & Security Commission, a state-funded organization, adding that the issue drew earnest attention only after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.

For full article see Jongang Daily.