World leaders will convene in South Korea next month for a summit that aims to lay the "building blocks" of a global governance to make the world safer without nuclear weapons and secure vulnerable atomic materials, a senior Seoul official said Wednesday.
Top leaders from 53 nations and four international organizations, including U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will attend the March 26-27 summit aimed at bolstering international safeguards and preventing nuclear terrorism. It will be the second since Obama launched the global gathering in Washington in 2010.
"I think it's going to be a very important building block for something I call global governance," First Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Ho-young told a forum, referring to the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit.
"There is a serious gap in global governance in the nuclear security area," Ahn said.
"When we develop a working institution to deal with the nuclear security issue, then, we will make another very important achievement which is the development of building blocks for global governance," Ahn said, without elaborating further.
Seoul officials said one of the key topics at the Seoul summit would be how to protect vulnerable radioactive materials worldwide so terrorists could not use them to make a crude nuclear bomb.
Other key agenda to be discussed in Seoul will include "practical and concrete" ways to prevent the threat of nuclear terrorism and ensure the safety of atomic energy, they said.
Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan about a year ago, which followed a giant earthquake and tsunami that shut down the nuclear plant's cooling systems, atomic safety has been in sharp focus.
The crisis that engulfed the Fukushima plant, the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, prompted countries with nuclear power plants to review the safety of atomic energy and the extent of damage in the case of a terrorist attack. (Yonhap)