Obama says U.S. can reduce nuclear stockpile
President Obama announced this week that the U.S. can reduce its nuclear stockpile while maintaining security.
The president was speaking at Hankuk University in Seoul, South Korea. He informed the audience of his plans to discuss arms control with Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin in May.
“Those days are over. This is the choice before you,” he told the students regarding the need to pursue peace, not provocation.
Obama also said that time was limited regarding the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea.
“Once again, there is the possibility of a diplomatic resolution that gives Iran access to peaceful nuclear energy while addressing the concerns of the international community,” Obama said. “Today, I’ll meet with the leaders of Russia and China as we work to achieve a resolution in which Iran fulfills its obligations.”
The meeting will also include Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In 2010, Obama signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with current Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague, Czech Republic. The purpose of the treaty is to reduce the worldwide spread of nuclear weapons. It took effect the following year. Under the terms of the treaty, the U.S. and Russia would be limited to no more than 1,550 strategic warheads. This, in turn, leads to a maximum of 800 land-, air- and sea-based launchers.