As President Barack Obama and other world leaders gather here in Seoul, the South Korean capital, not much is expected to come from the second-ever Nuclear Security Summit, other than lofty statements by world leaders and photo ops.
Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize based on his nuclear counter-proliferation interest and the subject has become one of his signature causes. The first Nuclear Security Summit was hosted by Obama in Washington, DC in 2010. Obama is currently riding high in popularity in South Korea considering his recent announcement that Seoul-born Jim Yong Kim, the President of Dartmouth, is his choice to head the World Bank. That decision is yet another feather in the cap of South Korea, with former South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon serving his second term as UN Secretary General.
While the summit in Seoul will discuss how to secure rogue nuclear weapons and prevent nuclear terrorism, the subject of Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs, the latter a weapons-grade program, will be high on the agenda. Yet, neither nation is taking part in the Seoul Summit.
However, a number of nations that have either shunned the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or conducted secret nuclear weapons acquisition programs are present at the Seoul summit, including the host nation, South Korea. Fifty-three nations are represented in Seoul, many of them by their heads of government, including the United States, China, Russia, India, Japan, France, Britain, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. Deputy Prime Ministers or Foreign Ministers will represent 13 of the nations at the summit.
Not on the agenda will be Japan's secret "turn key" nuclear weapons program, part of which, a covert plutonium enrichment operation, was conducted at the quake- and tsunami-destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Saudi Arabia, which was part of a secret nuclear weapons acquisition program that relied on the nuclear material and technology smuggling network of Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan, is only represented in Seoul by the President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, not by King Abdullah. The United Arab Emirates, which has also been identified as a potential acquirer of nuclear weapons, is represented in Seoul by Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Egypt, which was known to have nuclear weapons desires under the Hosni Mubarak regime, is merely represented in Seoul by the Egyptian Foreign Minister.
Libya is not represented in Seoul. Libya's ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi turned his nuclear weapons production material over to the United Nations in 2003, only to be faced in 2011 with a NATO-led attack on his country. That fact has not been lost on either North Korea or Iran, which have seen cooperation with a hypocritical West as potentially committing national suicide. Syria, which was accused of having a covert nuclear weapons program, is under siege by Western- and Gulf Arab-supported rebels and not represented in Seoul. Turkey, which may have nuclear weapons goals, has supported the Syrian rebels and is represented in Seoul by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Of the nations represented in Seoul and in addition to South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, non-NPT nations that obtained nuclear weapons covertly will be present, including Israel, India, and Pakistan. South Africa, which gave up its nuclear weapons in the early 1990s when apartheid ended, will be represented by President Jacob Zuma. Taiwan, which obtained nuclear weapons expertise as a result of its secret agreement with Israel and apartheid South Africa, will not be present in Seoul.
Israel, represented in Seoul by Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor, is happy that Arab countries, which have in the past, wanted to focus on Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal, have undergone regime change, including Libya and Egypt.
The feeling among observers in Seoul is that the nuclear summit is merely an opportunity for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, a former CEO of the Hyundai conglomerate, to showcase South Korea to the world. However, world leaders are arriving as wintery rain and snow, along with blustery cold winds, have welcome them to South Korea. On March 26, President Obama visited the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The parts of the zone regularly visited by tourists was closed during Obama's visit.
Essentially, the Nuclear Security Summit has become yet another opportunity for the world elites to gather to hobnob with one another, no different from the G-20 and similar world and regional summits. Nothing of any substance will be accomplished at the Seoul summit except for grand dinners, bilateral meetings, and photo ops. As for the White House Press Corps traveling with Obama and his infamous White House Murder INC,...., their focus is based on a non-curious view of the main subject of the summit with total ignorance of the fact that the host, South Korea, and nearby Japan and Taiwan, have conducted secret work on acquiring nuclear weapons. If something is not contained in an White House or summit press release, most of the corporate media have chosen to opt for the official pabulum, which they pass on to their Sheeple viewers, listeners, and readers....