Tags: obama | nuclear | weapons | cuts

Obama Plans to Cut Nuclear Weapons, If Russia Follows Suit

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 11:51 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama will propose reducing the nation’s nuclear arsenal further if Russia agrees to at the same time, White House officials said on Tuesday.

The president intends to use a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to outline the proposal, The New York Times reports, and it would come amid frosty relations between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president has demanded further concessions on missile defense before entertaining deeper cuts in nuclear weapons, the Times reports.

In his speech, Obama plans to propose cutting the number of strategic warheads that each nation still maintains by up to a third — bringing them under the 1,550 permitted in the treaty he signed with Russia in his first term, a senior administration official told the Times.

Under the proposal, both the United States and Russia would be left with slightly more than 1,000 weapons.

The president also is expected to pledge that he will work with NATO allies to develop proposals for large cuts in tactical nuclear weapons, the Times reports. Those arsenals are not covered by the current treaty.

Russia has far more tactical nuclear weapons deployed than the United States and Europe — and has strongly resisted such reductions, the Times reports.

Fears exist that such tactical weapons are in parts of Russia that could be seized by terrorists, according to the Times.

And, Obama is expected to announce in the speech that he will host a final nuclear security summit meeting in the United States just before he leaves office, the Times reports.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Russia Warns US against Further Sanctions as Ukraine Deal Stalls

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 20:23 PM

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with W . . .

Sen. Corker: Time to Consider Sending Weapons to Ukraine

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 19:31 PM

It is time for the United States to provide lethal weapons for Ukraine's military, Sen. Bob Corker said Friday, and make . . .

Pope's Good Friday Message: 'Remember All the Abandoned People'

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 18:05 PM

The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday  . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved