US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev have finalized a new deal to cut long-range nuclear arms.
After months of negotiations, Start 2 Treaty will be signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague. The new pact replaces the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired in December last year. Reaction around the world was largely positive. In Brussels, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the new nuclear arms reduction deal would not only “contribute to a safer world, it will also give impetus to cooperation with Russia in other fields”. Notice that a Nuclear Security Summit will host in Washington on April 12-14.
Following is a excerpt of the remarks made on Friday by President Obama; Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state; Robert Gates, the defense secretary; and Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; in which details of a new arms control treaty with Russia were announced, as released by the White House:
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I just concluded a productive phone call with President Medvedev. And I’m pleased to announce that after a year of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia have agreed to the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades.
Since taking office, one of my highest priorities has been addressing the threat posed by nuclear weapons to the American people. And that’s why, last April in Prague, I stated America’s intention to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons, a goal that’s been embraced by Presidents like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. [Full transcript]