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Obama Calling For Ridding The World Of Nuclear Armaments

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 6, 2009

Reviving a theme he mentioned last year during his campaign for the presidency, and revisited shortly after his winning the presidency last year, Barack Obama is calling for ridding the world of nuclear warheads once and for all — with Russia and the US to lead the way (since of course these two nations have the most nukes by far):

“In Prague, I will lay out an agenda to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said yesterday after arriving in continental Europe for the first time as president. “The spread of nuclear weapons or the theft of nuclear material could lead to the extermination of any city on the planet,” he warned, adding that suspected rogue nuclear states, such as North Korea or Iran, may only be persuaded to abandon their quests if the big nuclear powers set an example.

“We can’t reduce the threat of a nuclear weapon going off unless those that possess the most nuclear weapons, the United States and Russia, take serious steps to reduce our stockpiles,” Obama said. “So we want to pursue that vigorously in the years ahead.”

At Obama’s first meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, in London on Wednesday, both agreed on fast-track negotiations to slash their nuclear stockpiles by about a third from the end of this year. Robert Gibbs, Obama’s spokesman, said the president believed “loose nukes”, stolen nuclear materials or the acquisition by terrorists of weapons-grade fissile material, were among the gravest risks to the US.

And yes, he’s going to push the Senate to finally join the rest of the civilized world in ratifying the Test-Ban Treaty.

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