Brown to miss US nuclear security summit
UK: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will miss a nuclear summit
hosted by US President Barack Obama in Washington next week as he
campaigns for Britain's May 6 Parliamentary election, his spokesman said
Brown has asked Foreign Secretary David Miliband to represent him at
the April 12-13 nuclear security summit. "He will go with the Prime
Minister's full authority," Brown's spokesman said.
Brown earlier launched a month-long election campaign likely to be
dominated by the economy and shaping up as the most unpredictable
contest since 1992. The opposition Conservatives are ahead of Brown's
Labour Party in opinion polls. Brown let Obama know about his plans in a
regular phone call with the US President that also covered Afghanistan,
Iran and the global economic recovery, according to White House National
Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer.
Chinese President Hu Jintao is among world leaders who will attend
the Washington summit, which will focus on securing nuclear material to
prevent it falling into the wrong hands.
The Obama administration unveiled a new policy on Tuesday restricting
US use of nuclear weapons but warned Iran and North Korea that they
remain potential targets. LONDON, Wednesday, Reuters