Skip to comments.Obama vows to pursue further nuclear cuts with Russia
Posted on 03/26/2012 7:11:37 AM PDT by kronos77
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to pursue further nuclear arms cuts with Russia, saying the United States has more warheads than necessary, and issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West. U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hold a bilateral meeting before attending the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Speaking ahead of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul, Obama held out the prospect of new reductions in the U.S. arsenal as he sought to rally world leaders for additional concrete steps against the threat of nuclear terrorism.
"We can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need," Obama told students at South Korea's Hankuk University.
He pledged a new arms-control push with incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin when they meet in May. But any further reductions would face stiff election-year opposition from Republicans in Congress who already accuse him of weakening America's nuclear deterrent.
Obama laid out his latest strategy against the backdrop of continued nuclear defiance from North Korea and Iran, twin challenges that have clouded his overall nuclear agenda and the summit in Seoul.
He set expectations high in a 2009 speech in Prague when he declared it was time to seek "a world without nuclear weapons". He acknowledged at the time it was a long-term goal, but his high-flown oratory helped him win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In Seoul, Obama made clear that he was committed to that notion, saying "those who deride our vision, who say that ours is an impossible goal that will be forever out of reach", were wrong.
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'our vision"? His and Putin's?
The South Kopreans must be impressed that the uSA is unilaterally doing away with all the nuclear weapons we “don’t need”
Barry, the guy who can’t talk to fifth graders without a teleprompter, is such a smart guy.....just look at how well all his other ideas are working
Why, when obama gets home from the surprise of looking into 60 years of stalinism through binoculars, maybe he can personally redesign our deterrent posture into “duck and cover, then surrender..and all you allies are on your own so cut a deal”
His and Putin's and China's.
The New START Treaty, the Obama initiative which was ratified by the Senate in 2011, reduced deployed warheads by 70%. Why was there no media fanfare of a reduction from 5600 to 1600 warheads? When did the world become such a 'safe' place that we no longer need a nuclear deterrent? What authority enforces this new 'peace', and what is the source of their power? Someone please explain.
The world is 'less safe' than it's been any time since before World War II. The reason the MSM didn't cover this story? They didn't cover it because it wouldn't help liberal elites get elected.
You doubt me, Lucian? Go to this link... It shows two elite liberal journalists (New York Times) talking when they don't know a conservative is in the room taping. They openly laugh about how to manipulate the news FOR OBAMA. If you have 5 minutes - watch the whole thing...