Today in Prague, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev signed an historic new arms control treaty. The New START agreement, which replaces the original 1991 agreement that expired in December 2009, is the most significant arms control agreement in nearly two decades as it reduces the amount of both countries' strategic warheads. The treaty is part of the President's commitment to reduce that dangers posed by nuclear weapons to the world in order to advance American security in the 21st Century.
“President Obama's signing of the START agreement is a major step toward implementing his commitment to significantly reduce the nuclear arsenals of two global powers. It also is a major step toward achieving his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. This is a remarkable legacy that will create a more secure world for our children. And it was done without trading off other security imperatives we have.”
Tomorrow in Prague, President Obama and Russian President Medvedev will sign the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which will be the most significant arms control agreement in nearly two decades. This will take place almost one year to the day from when President Obama unveiled his historic vision for reducing the threat of nuclear weapons in the 21st Century. This historic agreement stands on its own as a significant arms control achievement, the result of many months of effective diplomacy carried out both by the President and his team to advance our country's security. Following the tradition of leaders on arms control, such as Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, President Obama has demonstrated that his Administration will protect the United States by reducing the threat posed by nuclear weapons. The signing of tomorrow's treaty represents a major step in that direction.
The Obama administration announced today the future of U.S. nuclear weapons policy by releasing its much anticipated Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). This is only the third such document of its kind, and unlike its predecessors, focuses on preventing both nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation-the most serious nuclear threats of the day. Importantly, by clarifying the role of nuclear weapons in national security policy, this statement sends a clear signal to the international community that the U.S. is committed to maintaining international security by strengthening the global nonproliferation regime.
Monday, April 5, marks the one year anniversary of President Obama's historic unveiling of his 21st century nonproliferation agenda. The week of the anniversary will be marked by significant steps. First, the signing in Prague of a New START Treaty that provides binding, verifiable limits on Russian nuclear weapons - reducing both sides' arsenals to levels not seen since the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations while improving U.S. intelligence on Russia's nuclear capabilities. Second, the Administration will unveil a Nuclear Posture Review that communicates both how this Administration views the limited but important role of nuclear weapons in ensuring our security, and how it intends to keep our arsenal safe and effective. Third, in ten days Washington will welcome forty world leaders for a ground-breaking summit on the safety of nuclear materials - in an age of terrorism, the most important security threat we face. This ambitious agenda seeks to make up for eight years of neglect from President Obama's predecessor.
Some specifics have begun to emerge on a new nuclear arms reduction treaty that Presidents Obama and Medvedev will sign on April 8 in Prague. The completion of the agreement, which is the largest arms control agreement in nearly two decades, demonstrates clear and concrete action in both protecting American security and advancing our global nonproliferation goals while restoring America's international leadership and standing. Prominent national security leaders and foreign policy experts from both sides of the aisle urge its quick passage through the Senate. Despite the long history of bipartisan backing for nuclear arms control that dates back to the days of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, some extreme conservatives are attempting to politicize the debate in an attempt to deny President Obama a victory.
morning President Obama and Russian President Medvedev finalized the terms of a
new treaty replacing the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that
expired late last year. They will meet
in Prague on April 8 to sign the treaty.
The completion of the agreement, which is the largest arms control
agreement nearly two decades, demonstrates clear and concrete action in both
protecting American security and advancing our global nonproliferation goals
while restoring America's international leadership and standing.
Following Secretary Clinton's two day trip to Moscow, the United States and Russia announced last Friday that both sides are "on the brink" of concluding an agreement aimed at lowering the number of Cold War era nuclear weapons. Anticipation is high that the successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) will likely be signed in early April, close to the one year anniversary of President Obama's historic nonproliferation speech in Prague, when he pledged to seek the "peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Concluding such an agreement will not only advance America's national security interests, but will also help to turn a new page in U.S-Russian relations.
Less than two weeks before the rollout of the Nuclear Posture Review, Vice President Biden will take the stage today at the National Defense University to reiterate the steps the administration is taking to advance U.S. national security interests and reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. Last year in Prague, President Obama pledged to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. A comprehensive nuclear security agenda has since been put into motion to bring our national security strategy into the 21st century.