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Will nuclear summit accomplish anything?

April 12th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

President Obama is hosting leaders from 46 countries for a two-day nuclear security summit that will focus on how to better safeguard weapons materials, both old and new, to keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

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The gathering is considered an unprecedented effort to rally global action on securing vulnerable nuclear materials.

It also is the centerpiece of a major Obama objective aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and technology.

Obama signed a new treaty with Russia last week to reduce the nuclear stockpiles of both nations, and his administration issued a revised U.S. nuclear arms strategy intended to reinforce the nation's nuclear deterrent while isolating terrorists and rogue states that fail to comply with international regulations.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced last week that nations participating in the summit would be Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Vietnam.

In addition, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency will be represented at the summit, Gibbs said.

We want to know what you think?

Do you believe this summit will help accomplish anything of real value? Is Obama starting to accomplish many of the things he wanted to?

Please leave your comments below and remember to include where you're writing from.

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  1. Keira

    I just think Obama has so much on his plate that it seems like he can't make a dent on that infinite pile of 'to do' things. However, I do think this is a step in the right direction. Reducing the number of nukes and safeguarding the ones the world already has is necessary, considering the amount of unhinged people that keep coming out of the wood work on a fairly regular basis.

    April 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. Raphael

    I think this summit will accomplish something of real value if the aim is defined very well. Many people thinks that this summit is just a way devised by Washington to rally more sanctions on Iran. I think that if the real aim of this summit is to find a way to safeguard nuclear materials like Obama said, then i can say that it will be accomplished.
    Yes, Obama is starting to accomplish some of the things he wanted to, but he still has a long way to go.

    April 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN friends,

    President Obama's two-day nuclear security summit is a good idea to Stop Terrorist, Maintain Ground and Really Build Up America and its Allies. The United Nations Weapons Inspectors must disarm Iran and North Korea of its weapons of mass destruction! Otherwise the United States of America and its Allies must Attack Iran and North Korea in order to disarm them from weapons of mass destruction!

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    April 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  4. Aaron

    How could anyone argue that this is a bad idea? Whether or not it accomplishes far reaching goals, it is a good move to at least begin discussing this issue. The threat of terrorists acquiring a nuclear weapon is real and must be addressed. One comment I would like to add is that anyone arguing against this may want to take a look back to the claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. If we were so worried about it then, perhaps we should worry now about it actually happening. Since Iran, Syria, and North Korea are not included in this meeting (as they shouldn't be), one accomplishment of this meeting could be a bilateral agreement of the nations who have nuclear materials on sanctions to take on these three nations. If there is a likelihood that terrorists will get a hold of nuclear materials, it is likely going to come from one of those three. That is the biggest issue facing us, and it is high time that the world community decides what measures need to be taken.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  5. No soup for you

    Yea right! Like Osama oops I mean Obama is really interested in stopping terrorist in getting nuclear weapons.

    What in the world is he doing about Iran.
    That’s right he has not done anything.
    The only thing he and his cronies have done is pass this wicked health care bill. That we cannot afford (THANKS to the democratic party. MORONS….

    If he really want to destroy the terrorist… he should apply to be there president.
    God knows he already did enough to destroy this nation.

    I mean he is a muslim himself…he would be perfect for the job.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Jossif Ezekilov

      Please if you want to voice criticism for Obama's policies do so in a way that is not so ignorant. Obama's health care policy has little to do with this summit.

      April 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  6. John NcLeod

    Is he for real or just trying to raise his approval ratings? He should immediately focus on the Iran issue instead of saying lets dissarm and put our heads in a hole in the sand! Sure the very idea is good to tackle nuclear issues but he should line up his marbles in their order of priority!

    April 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  7. d artist 5

    I think this nuclear security summit is a step in right direction as far as i'm concerned. Because it can bring the world together to stop terrorists from getting their hands on a nuclear weapon.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  8. Jossif Ezekilov

    The summit has the potencial to follow up on the Obama administration's recent streak of diplomatic accomplishments in terms of nuclear weapons policy. However, the summit must address and at least begin the process of creatig new concrete policies. It should not simply serve as another platform for condemnation of Iran. Certain double standards, such as the "nuclear ambiguity" policy of Israel, must be addressed so a united front can be created to counter the actions of states such as Iran.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  9. Larry Jones, Anton, Texas

    What a joke. When they get nuke cotrol then only the bad guys will have nukes. When Is the President going to figure out he is not the Messiah and can't solve every problem in the world? Just waiting to see what he tries to cram down our throat nex!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  10. jobrien

    Yes, especially in locating, locking up and controlling the nuclear material in the world. It is nice to talk of limiting weapons, since there are enough to obliterate humankind already, but the main objective of controlling material is vitally important. If Pres. Obama can somehow achieve this, then yes, the world will be a safer place.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  11. Lekan

    The only problem american is facing as of today is there doublestandard policy towards iran.America bestfrend is known to be isreal, which the world believed to have posses large number of nuclear war heads,meanwile iran has none.I think if america fails to put presure on isreal that posses nuclear bomb and keep manting presure on iran that dosnt have it show how america missandling the world.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  12. Siyad Hajir

    Obama is trying his best,but i dont think these submit will bring asolution unless all the countries who have nuclear heads are forced to destroy there nuclear war heads starting from United states of America.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  13. Ed

    Many of the comments so far refer to our approach to Iran. This meeting is part of a policy of building a world consensus on how to deal with states like Iran. In so doing it sends a message to Iran that they are isolated internationally and makes more likely that Russia and China will approve increased sanctions.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  14. Juan

    I think President Obama is trying keeping us safe from countries that want the US to be bombed. I think he is doing a good job trying to keep us safe from places like North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

    April 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  15. Omotayo salami

    The world leaders should talk about justice and pay less attention to nuclear weapon, this from my honest opinion.

    April 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  16. Fabian

    If Israel do not comply with the rest of the Nuclear community, this summit doesn't help at all, what it takes to understand that Israel is part of the problem not the solution. I'm from Chile and my government have allready send to the US all materials that are not in use. What makes Israel so special?

    April 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  17. Innocent

    i think Pres Obamas meeting on nuclear issuesis goin to reduce the use of nuclear weapons which is very dangerous and why not eradicate it innocent from cameroon

    April 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  18. Innocent

    i think Obama is up to alot of good for the americans and the worl at large

    April 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  19. Ajagun toba

    Pres.obama is a good leader who has no interest in facing any nation in a batle on issue of nuclear weapons disarmament.the stifnecked nationale shld ve it in mind dat dey could end up being a victim of circumstance.so i think d sumit is in d right direction .US spending to ensure d world is save & to dev nationS around d world is d secret of its strenght and wealth.from nigeria

    April 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  20. cyril jengo

    Its a good start for the Obama administration and its consequence for world disarmament will be far reaching. America is leading again

    April 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Reply

    India, Israel and the India-Israel marriage is the threat for the whole world.

    April 13, 2010 at 5:40 am | Reply

    India has already broken Pakistan into two pieces in 1971, Bangladesh war and now both of them are dreaming something very high

    April 13, 2010 at 5:40 am | Reply
  23. Erick

    Obama is a man of a few words.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:23 am | Reply
  24. Smith in Oregon

    President Obama is showing that he is a leader with diplomatic maturity which has been sadly lacking for the entire previous administration of Bush-Cheney.

    Undoubtedly the new Start Treaty is a encouraging step in lowering the operational nuclear weapons stockpiles in America and Russia.

    Sadly, instead of telling President Obama 'good job, thank-you' the Republican lawmakers and their Tea Party wing-nuts have resorted to psycho-babble in actively pointing to the Nuclear Summit seal as being a symbol of the Moon and that meaning President Obama is a secret Muslim.

    Unfortunately for the wholly inept Republican lawmakers and their Tea Party crowd of psycho-babble, it was the horrific Bush jr. that designed and dreamed up the Nuclear Summit seal which is shown.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:17 am | Reply
  25. John Dinwiddie

    It will enrage Republicans. That's always fun. I read one of
    those today, a senator, a bomb in his own right. He grouched that
    none of the reduction is binding.

    So lookeehere fellow citizens. The opening move toward nuclear
    disarmament has to be in part psychological, a shifting of mind sets
    if you will. We have that in this effort to a very impressive degree.

    It's called a trend.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:32 am | Reply
  26. arvind nath pathak

    Prez Obama is on the right path to involve the world body however alleging it to be a platform to garner support for sanctions against Iran is true and i see no harm to have a consensus .Man made nuclear catastrophy by terrorist is real and safeguards by nations is a must and who better than pied piper to sound the clarion call.

    April 19, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
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