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Obama against nuclear weapons

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Published on Saturday, April 4, 2009 by The Guardian/UK
Barack Obama’s New Offensive Against Nuclear Weapons
Radical drive among series of measures to improve security
by Ian Traynor and Patrick Wintour in Strasbourg, Ewen Macaskill in Washington

Barack Obama yesterday announced a radical drive aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, as the focus of his European visit switched from financial to geopolitical security.

“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.”

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