Obama praises Malaysia's decision to join WMD interdiction effort

President Obama applauded Malaysia's move on Sunday to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), a multinational effort meant to stop the spread of WMDs.

Obama made the remarks during a press conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Malaysia in close to 50 years, Themalaymailonline.com reports.

"I consider proliferation of WMD is one of the greatest threats to U.S. security, as well as international peace," Obama said, according to Themalaymailonline.com. "So we have developed a lot of capacity research, but this is a partnership, what we seek to do is to find ways of which the strength of information that each side has, can be enhanced and combined and pooled. So that we don't have the possibility of nuclear material or certain components or parts either being shipped or sold to the wrong hands."

Malaysia informally supported the PSI for years, but the decision to endorse the initiative's Statement of Interdiction Principles formalizes the relationship.

"This relationship will continue what we have done and also reflects strong will and desire on the Malaysian side, to not only cooperate with the U.S., but with the international community to stop proliferation (of WMD)," Najib said, according to Themalaymailonline.com.

The PSI statement recommends that participants enact legal statutes to facilitate effective interdiction and seizure of WMDs. It also suggests taking measures to ensure national facilities are not used to transfer illicit weapons, Themalaymailonline.com reports.