From: Paul Conner
Sent: Friday, April 1, 2016 11:57 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: In town pool 3: Opening plenary
Starting at 11:16 a.m., Obama made about 8 minutes of opening remarks at today's opening plenary session before the press was dismissed from the room.
The newsiest remarks:
"Once again I'm making it clear that the United States will continue to do our part. Today we are releasing a detailed description of the security measures our country takes to" safeguard nuclear material. "For the first time in a decade, we are providing a public inventory of our stockpiles of highly enriched uranium, which could be used for nuclear weapons. That inventory is one that we have reduced considerably. When it comes to our nuclear-powered ships and submarines, we are exploring ways to further reduce our holdings of highly enriched uranium."
Earlier, he said that the NSS countries have made 260 commitments related to nuclear materials, and that three-quarters have been implemented.
"The good news is we have made significant progress."
He said that while no terrorist has been successful in using a nuclear weapon via a dirty bomb, al-Qaida has sought nuclear material and ISIS has used chemical weapons. "There is no doubt that if these mad men got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they would certainly use it to kill as many people as possible."
He closed by saying he was "very appreciative of the excellent work" that has been done so far.
**Addition to last pool report: Frederica Mogherini, High Representative Vice President of EU was also at the P5+1 table. Also Holland, rather than Cameron, was next to POTUS.