During the campaign, President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of preventing nuclear terrorism by saying that he would hold a summit in 2009 — his first year in office — "and regularly thereafter." He has taken steps to fulfill the promise, but he is falling short of his goal of doing it this year.
In a speech in Prague in April, Obama called the possibility that a terrorist might get a nuclear weapon "the most immediate and extreme threat to global security."
And in Italy in July, Obama announced his plan to host a Global Nuclear Security Summit in March 2010.
According to the White House:
• The summit will allow discussion on the nature of the threat and develop steps that can be taken together to secure vulnerable materials, combat nuclear smuggling and deter, detect and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.
• The planned outcome of the summit would be a communiqué pledging efforts to attain the highest levels of nuclear security, which is essential for international security as well as the development and expansion of peaceful nuclear energy worldwide.
In September, Obama called for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which unanimously co-sponsored and adopted a resolution committing to work toward a world without nuclear weapons and endorsing a broad framework of actions to reduce global nuclear dangers.
According to a White House fact sheet, the measure, UNSC Resolution 1887, "expresses the council"s grave concern about the threat of nuclear proliferation and the need for international action to prevent it. It reaffirms that the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery are threats to international peace and security and shows agreement on a broad range of actions to address nuclear proliferation and disarmament and the threat of nuclear terrorism."
So Obama has made considerable progress on this one. But he made a point of saying the summit would be in 2009 and now it won't be held until 2010. So we rate it Compromise.