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South Korean President Park Misses Nuclear Security Summit 2016 Group Photo But Had One With President Obama And Dutch PM Rutte

By April 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm
President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a closing session at the Nuclear Security Summit April 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo : Andrew Harrer / Pool | Getty Images World)

South Korean President Geun Hye was not in the ceremonial group photo of leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit 2016 in Washington. The photo which was released Friday afternoon local time caused Koreans to scratch their heads as it was sans their president. The presidential office then explained that Park had a toilet break when the photo was taken. President Francois Hollande of France was also missing but the reason is not known.

There were leaders from 52 countries and four international groups attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. They included U.N. Secretary General Bank Ki Moon, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The threat of nuclear terrorism is among the greatest challenges to security and while such is constantly evolving, leaders around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit on April 1, 2016. The aim was to raise awareness of the nuke threats and the convention had brought many tangible, lasting and significant enhancements to nuclear security, said a post on The White House website.

This year's summit was particularly aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism and threats by North Korea, said The New York Times. According to Forbes, imprinted in everyone's minds were China and Russia; the former because they began the largest nuke build-up in half a century and Russia, because it did not attend.

As per a post on The Korea Times, the group photo was said to be taken during a 15-minute break between the morning and afternoon session, said Chung Wa Dae officials. However, the morning session ended later than expected, so the photo time was set after the morning session. Park did not know about the reschedule and left for the restroom when the morning session ended. The photo was already taken when she returned.

However, the first South Korean lady president had a photo with the U.S. president and Dutch prime minister, Barack Obama and Mark Rutte, following the afternoon session of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016.

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