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Obama: Concerned about nuclear weapon in Manhattan

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President Obama addresses reporters at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Obama addresses reporters at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

In a news conference in the Hague on Tuesday, President Obama said that he was more concerned about a nuclear explosion in Manhattan than what Russia is doing territorially to its neighbors.

In his response to a long, involved question from ABC's Jon Karl, about Russia, the president rebuked former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's prior assertion that Russia was the U.S.'s most pressing adversary.

"Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan," said Obama. "Which is part of the reason why the United States showing its continued international leadership has organized a forum over the last several years that's been able to eliminate that threat in a consistent way."

President Obama made the statement during a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.

The New York City Police Department  weighed in on  President Obama's statement on Wednesday:

“For years the NYPD has recognized the fact that Manhattan is considered a potential terror target. We continue to maintain an appropriate level of security according to on-going threat assessments. There are currently no known threats of this nature against the city."


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