[QODLink]
Americas

Obama to renew call for nuclear reductions

White House says US president is set to call for one-third reduction in US and Russian arsenals during speech in Berlin.

Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 13:26
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
President Barack Obama is set to make a speech at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate [EPA]

US President Barack Obama will renew his call to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles, including a proposed one-third reduction in US and Russian arsenals, the White House said.

Obama will make his case during a speech on Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.

His address comes nearly 50 years after John F. Kennedy's famous Cold War speech in this once-divided city.

The president has previously called for reductions to the stockpiles and is not expected to outline a timeline for this renewed push.

But by addressing the issue in a major foreign policy speech, Obama is signalling a desire to rekindle an issue that was a centrepiece of his early first-term national security agenda.

The president discussed non-proliferation with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met Monday on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. During Obama's first term, the US and Russia agreed to limit their stockpiles to 1,550 as part of the New START Treaty.

The Kremlin responded to the US president's proposals by saying that new cuts in nuclear stockpiles should expand beyond Russia and the United States and include other nuclear armed states.

"The process of cutting down nuclear potential should include other countries with nuclear weapons," Russian diplomats told Washington ahead of  Obama's expected speech on the subject in Germany, foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said at a briefing in Moscow.

226

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.