Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg one million gift
WASHINGTON DC (Dagbladet): Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had with him a gift from home on day two of the Summit on nuclear safety in Washington:
Norway contributes NOK 20 million for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear safety funds.
“IAEA is the international community’s most important tool for nuclear safety, where countries that want access to the safe use of nuclear power, but it prevents the civilian use of nuclear power increases the supply of terrorists getting hold of the material. There will be many new nuclear power plants in coming years, and it is important that we have good international rules. Norway wishes to strengthen their efforts towards developing countries,” Stoltenberg said Tuesday morning.
Pleased with Obama
“Both the money from Norway and the large participation from world leaders on the week’s summit is a political declaration to support the work President Obama has begun,” said Stoltenberg.
“It is a support for his initiative to try to secure all nuclear material in four years. It is an ambitious goal, but he has set itself, ” said Stoltenberg.
He points out that Obama at the dinner last night emphasized that one must get on with the work of non-proliferation and that the Review Conference which will take place in May need to be successful.
“What I think is great and important initiative that Obama takes is that he sees the connections. It is much easier to say to Iran and North Korea that we are not spreading and that they do not have to get nuclear weapons, if we simultaneously gearing down the existing arsenals of nuclear weapons. There is a correlation between going into non-proliferation and to enter for disarmament. The message I feel that this administration provide much clearer than the previous one. The world community must act.
To prevent terrorists
Stoltenberg said the danger of nuclear war is much lower now than ten years ago, but the risk of nuclear terrorism has increased sharply.
“This meeting is about how we can prevent, prevent and reduce the risk of terrorists using nuclear materials in their attacks and in terrorist actions against large groups of people. There are 2100 tons of fissile material that can be used to produce nuclear weapons, enough to produce over 100,000 nuclear warheads. Most of it is in millitæranlegg, but much is also the civilians. The 50 tonnes of highly enriched uranium in civilian nuclear plants is enough to make 1,000 Hiroshima bombs,” he said.
“The supply of material and out millitær sector is large if the wrong people get it,” said the prime minister.
“How much risk is, there is disagreement, but the damage that occurs if this is used is so large that it is very rational and necessary that the international community do what we can to prevent this from happening.”
Glad for your visit
Chile and the U.S. have agreed that Chile will remove highly enriched uranium from its civilian nuclear power plant and replace it with lava Empire uranium, which can not be used in nuclear weapons. Ukraine declared Monday that they are willing to do the same with its nuclear power plants.
“It’s also a lot of positivity around the United States and Russia signed the disarmament agreement last week, ” said Stoltenberg, who sat together with world powers on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center today.
Barack Obama began today’s meeting to ask for a minute’s silence for the presidential couple and the other politicians who died in plane crash in Poland. It was also clear that South Korea will be hosting the next non-proliferation meeting, which will happen in 2012.
“This threat requires a new way of thinking, and it requires that we as a nation, as partners, do it like this moment in history requires of us,” said Obama in his opening speech.
“I have a strong belief that the problems we face in the 21st century can not be solved by one nation alone – they must resolve that we all get together.
Will return to Norway
When the Minister Jens Stoltenberg met with the American President to a reception and dinner Monday night, the atmosphere was more informal.
He said he was very happy for the visit in Oslo, and that he has good memories from the trip. Han sa også at han gjerne ville komme tilbake, sier Stoltenberg. He also said that he wanted to come back, “said Stoltenberg.