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Good morning. To President Park, faculty, staff and students, thank you for this very warm welcome. It is a great honor to be here at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. I thank Dr. Park for, a few moments ago, making me an honorary alum. This school has one of the world's finest foreign language programs. Your English is a lot better than my Korean. So let me just say, kamsa hamnida.

This is my third visit to the Republic of Korea as President. I have now been to Seoul more times than to any other capital. This reflects the extraordinary bonds between our two countries and our commitment to each other. I'm pleased that we're joined by so many leaders, Koreans and Americans, who help keep us free and strong and prosperous every day. That includes our first Korean-American ambassador to the Republic of Korea-Ambassador Sung Kim.

I've seen the deep connections between our peoples in my own life, among friends and colleagues. I've seen it so many patriotic Korean Americans, including a man born in this city of Seoul, who came to America and has dedicated his life to lifting up the poor and sick of the world. And last week I was proud to nominate him to lead the World Bank-Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

I've seen our bonds in our men and women in uniform, like the American and Korean troops I visited yesterday along the DMZ-Freedom's Frontier. We salute their service. We honor all those who have given their lives in our defense, including the 46 brave souls who perished aboard the Cheonan two years ago today. And in their memory we reaffirm the enduring promise at the core of our alliance-we stand together, and the commitment of the United States to the defense and security of the Republic of Korea will never waver.

And I see the strength of our alliance in all of you. For decades, this school has produced leaders-public servants, diplomats, businesspeople-who've helped propel the modern miracle that is Korea. Transforming it from crushing poverty to one of the world's most dynamic economies; from authoritarianism to a thriving democracy; from a country focused inward to a leader for security and prosperity, in this region and around the world-a truly "Global Korea."

To all the students here today, this is the Korea your generation will inherit. And I believe there is no limit to what our two nations achieve together. For like your parents and grandparents before you, you know that the future is what we make it. And you know that in our digital age, we can connect and innovate across borders like never before-with your smart phones and Twitter and Me2Day and Kakao Talk. It's no wonder so many people around the world have caught the Korean Wave, Hallyu.

Or consider this. In advance of my visit, our embassy invited Koreans to send us your questions using social media. They called it Her "Ask President Obama." One of them asked-and this is true: "Have you, yourself, ever posted a supportive opinion on a website under a disguised name, pretending you are one of the supporters of President Obama?" The truth is, I have not. But who knows, maybe my daughters have.

Our shared future-and the unprecedented opportunity to meet shared challenges together-is what brings me to Seoul. Over the next two days, under President Lee's leadership, we'll move ahead with the urgent work of preventing nuclear terrorism by securing the world's nuclear materials. This is an important part of the broader, comprehensive agenda that I want to talk with you about today-our vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

Three years ago, I travelled to Prague and I declared America's commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and to seeking a world without them. I said that I knew this goal would not be reached quickly, perhaps not in my lifetime. But I knew we had to begin, with concrete steps. And in your generation, I see the spirit we need in this endeavor-that optimism that beats in the hearts of so many young people around the world. It's that refusal to accept the world as it is, the imagination to see the world as it ought to be, and the courage to turn vision into reality. So today, with you, I want to take stock of our journey and chart our next steps.

Here in Seoul, more than 50 nations will mark our progress toward the goal we set at the summit I hosted two years ago in Washington-securing the world's vulnerable nuclear materials in four years so they never fall into the hands of terrorists. Since then, nations-including the United States-have boosted security at nuclear facilities. South Korea Japan, Pakistan and others are building new centers to improve nuclear security and training. Nations like Kazakhstan have moved nuclear materials to more secure locations. Mexico, and just yesterday Ukraine, have joined the ranks of nations that have removed all the highly enriched uranium from their territory. All told, thousands of pounds of nuclear material have been removed from sites around the world-deadly material that is now secure and can never be used against a city like Seoul.

We're using every tool at our disposal to break up black markets. Countries like Georgia and Moldova have seized highly enriched uranium from smugglers. Countries like Jordan are building their own counter-smuggling teams, and we're tying them together in a global network of intelligence and law enforcement. Nearly 20 nations have ratified the treaties and international partnerships that are at the center of our efforts. And I'd add this-with the death of Osama bin laden and the major blows we've struck against al Qaeda, a terrorist organization that has actively sought nuclear weapons is now on the path to defeat.

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