President Barack Obama peers across what is considered one
of the most dangerous
pieces of earth in the world, on his first
the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea,
The Hankyoreh, South Korea
Nuclear Summit in
Seoul Must Resist ‘Nuclear Power Mafia’
“There are questions about whether the first summit to be held in Seoul since the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear accident properly reflects the fundamental doubts the disaster has raised about the capacity of human beings to manage nuclear power. The 200 or so attendees at the summit all have their own vested interests and collectively have been referred to by critics as a 'nuclear power mafia.'”
President Obama is welcomed to Seoul by North Korea 'Most Hated,' South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, March 25. President Obama and leaders from around the world are in Seoul to attend the second Nuclear Security Summit, an event initiated by President Obama two years ago in Pittsburgh.
The two-day Nuclear Security Summit is set to begin in Seoul
on Monday. The summit, which comes two years after the first such event in
Washington, D.C., is taking place a year after the Fukushima Nuclear Plant
disaster in Japan, a catastrophe that continues to unfold. Spearheaded in Prague
by U.S. President Barack Obama in April 2009 when he issued a call for a world
without nuclear weapons, the meeting might be characterized as an effort to adopt
measures to prevent nuclear terrorism.
The issue of safely managing nuclear power is also expected
to be a major topic of discussion, and nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea
are also likely to be discussed.
We certainly hope the summit achieves the hoped-for outcome.
But there are doubts that it will – in addition to concerns that the meeting
will end up bolstering both the existing arrangements among the nuclear powers -
and the nuclear threat itself. That is because the summit takes the established
interests of the five major nuclear powers for granted.
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While there have been independent efforts to discuss
strategic arms (i.e.: nuclear arms) reductions, one gets the sense that these efforts
have been but gestures. The United States has yet to ratify the Comprehensive
Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty and continues to conduct subcritical nuclear
testing. This problem cannot be resolved when America maintains the contradictory
approach of guarding its own nuclear interests while clamoring to ban nuclear
development or capabilities elsewhere.
This is no way to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons. This
is not unrelated to the fact that India, Pakistan and Israel now possess
nuclear weapons, while North Korean and Iran have launched their own nuclear efforts.
There is a clear limit to how a strategy of preventing proliferation and
terrorism can succeed, while those who espouse such hopes continue to safeguard
their own nuclear capabilities.
There are also questions about whether the first summit to
be held in Seoul since the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear accident properly reflects
the fundamental doubts the disaster has raised about the capacity of human
beings to manage nuclear power. The 200 or so attendees at the summit all
have their own vested interests and collectively have been referred to by
critics as a "nuclear power mafia." Among them are CEOs of the
world's nuclear power companies and heads of related international
The South Korean government has refused to permit foreign
activists seeking to represent citizen campaigns against nuclear power into the
country. In the wake of Fukushima, this shows that we’re a long way from achieving
an effective global movement to find an alternative to nuclear power.
The ideas suggested by the [South Korean] government, which
include improving systems for managing radiation disasters, technology for nuclear
plant safety and enrichment, and information processing, come across as a superficial
ploy. It appears that the Seoul summit is to be used as an opportunity to usher
in a "nuclear power renaissance."
This defies the apocalyptic warning that Fukushima disaster offered
humanity. At a moment that could mark a turning point in human history, we hope
that the summit attendees do not turn this major global event into an
opportunity to merely boost profits, or a forum to politically denounce North
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