Obama wants to cut nuclear arms, seeks talks with Russia

BERLIN Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:32pm EDT

1 of 5. U.S. President Barack Obama embraces German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the Chancellery in Berlin, June 19, 2013.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants to reduce deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third and revive negotiations with Russia to "move beyond Cold War nuclear postures", he said in a speech on Wednesday in Berlin.

"After a comprehensive review I have determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one third," he said.

"I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures," Obama said, speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate which once stood alongside the wall that divided communist East Berlin and the capitalist West.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Writing by Annika Breidthardt; Editing by Stephen Brown)

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obama the only thing he knows very good is the autogoal

Jun 19, 2013 1:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Verpoly wrote:
Grab China to this deal done too. It’s futile to disarm yourself while your opponent keeps on arming.

Jun 19, 2013 2:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:
Will Mr. Obama ask Israel to reduce its nuclear weapons?

Jun 19, 2013 3:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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