BERLIN (CBSDC/AP) — Nearly 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s speech at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, President Barack Obama called for a reduction of nuclear stockpiles between the United States and Russia.
“Peace with justice means pursuing a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama told the 6,000 people in attendance while behind bullet-proof glass.
With German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit looking on, Obama signaled that the nuclear stockpiles should be cut by one-third.
Obama added that he intends to move the U.S. “beyond a Cold War nuclear posture” with Russia by seeking negotiated cuts of nuclear arsenals between the two nations.
Obama is pledging to work with NATO allies to forge a new international framework for peaceful nuclear power. He says the U.S. will hold a summit in 2016 on securing nuclear materials around the world.
Obama called for a treaty to end production of fissile material.
Obama also called for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and said that climate change is “the global threat of our time” during his speech in Berlin.
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