Obama renews push for nuclear arms cuts in Berlin speech


(Photo: Wikipedia) President Obama renewed his push for a reduction in the world’s nuclear stockpiles during a wide-ranging speech in Berlin on Wednesday, claiming the U.S. could continue to maintain a strong deterrent while ultimately striving toward eliminating nuclear weapons.

“So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” Obama said.

Speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, Obama proposed a one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warheads. This would lower the total number of warheads in each country to between 1,000 and 1,100.

The potential reductions would be from a current limit of 1,550, the number set in the New START treaty that was ratified by the Senate in December 2010.

Though Obama is likely to meet some resistance in Congress to further eroding America’s stockpile, the president held out what he acknowledged was a “distant” goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons — and in the short term, moving beyond “Cold War nuclear postures.”


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