June 19th, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Obama calls for reducing U.S., Russian nukes

President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of past U.S. leaders with a speech on Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, where he said he would ask Russia to join the United States in slashing its supply of strategic nuclear warheads.

"We may no longer live in fear of global annihilation, but so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe," Obama said in the city that symbolized the East-West divide in the decades after World War II.

"After a comprehensive review, I've determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies - and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent - while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third," he said. "And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures."

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  1. Mary

    Another arm of the FSA that Obama wants to give weapons to fight the so called regimes genocide of its own people. Wahhabi jihadists that include redheaded Chechens belonging to the "Noor al-Sham" (Light of Levant) Brigade are seen beheading a civilian man for "heresy" in the Aleppo countryside.

    June 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Have you seen the remake of Red Dawn? More realistic than the original, makes Obama look like the idiot he really is and your affirmative action president is making Red Dawn very possible.

      June 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    sigh...you met with russia and all yah got was a stinkin' nuke reduction...getting kraft's superbowl ring back wouldahbeen a better deal...

    June 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wut

    Aw, them nukes ain't so bad! Let's keep em but upgrade em once in a while. Proper maintenance is your friend.

    June 20, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Well between them US & Russia have over 3000 nukes and each would want to maintain a tactical advantage. So how would the deal work?

    June 20, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    5 years ago a wildly cheering throng of E.germans tired of Bush era policies welcomed Pr.Obama considering him a hero and harbinger of change. This time 6000 invitees.
    E.Germans who faced oppression, war,surveillance first hand under Nazis and were arrayed against Iraq & Afghan wars are now disillusioned with Gitmo ,drones and now surveillance.

    June 20, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    That US has been its own worst enemy for the past 11 yrs has still to dawn on us.

    June 20, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    "Iran should be forced to decide between nukes & survival" Israeli DM.
    Well Mr.Minister your country decided for nukes, you have 200 of them and you survived, There you go.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Oh i forgot to mention the 'throng' was 200000 strong then.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    With Putin and Iran disregarding all these talks this is not a good idea Mr Obama

    June 20, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Putin is not a happy man @Pete with the disclosure of our staunch ally Britain spying on them and of course on Syria.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    As for Iran, with the new leadership there are signs of a change in their stance ,only if we have the sagasity to grab this opportunity to engage them.

    June 20, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    pardon the typo folks.

    June 20, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Sagasity YES! Only you @ saywhat!

    June 20, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol,@ Pete the code only lasts so long tho.

    June 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    I didn't see that coming. Sarcasm. This place is getting too predictable

    June 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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