Ukraine Agrees to Give Up its Nuclear Stockpile, China to Sanction Iran

Ukraine Agrees to Give Up its Nuclear Stockpile, China to Sanction Iran

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nuclear-weapon-cu.jpgPresident Obama brought together leaders from 46 other nations yesterday with one goal in mind — keeping nuclear material out of the hands of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

The summit opened with the White House announcing its success in getting Ukraine to give up its entire stockpile of highly enriched uranium, said to be enough for several nuclear weapons. The country is to receive help in the disposal process.

“This was one of the priority items that President Obama had when he entered office, and there has been a lot of work that has been done over the past 15 months,” White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said.

Obama met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday and secured his agreement in principle for sanctions against Iran, with the goal of encouraging Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. China is the last of the five permanent members of U.N. Security Council to agree to sanctions.

President Obama on Sunday also heaped praise on the nation of South Africa for making the decision to become the first country to abandon a nuclear weapons program.

(Watch the video below, or read the story at ABC News)

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