President Obama said that he will ask Russia to join the U.S. in reducing its arsenal of nuclear weapons. "I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures."
"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."
The United States and Russia are already in agreement with the "Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, better known as "START." START calls for each country to limit its nuclear warhead arsenal by the year 2018, to 1,550. President Obama's proposal reduces both countries warheads to about 1,000.
The President stated that the U.S. will only consider using nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the interests of the U.S. and it's allies. "We may no longer live in fear of global annihilation, but so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe."
"Today's threats are not as stark as they were half-a-century ago. But the struggle for freedom and security and human dignity, that struggle goes on."
This year the Air Force has said that it plans to put nuclear cruise missiles on board stealthy B-2 bombers. At present, only the 50 year old B-52 bombers carry these weapons. The Air Forces also plans to add Nuclear "Gravity Bombs."
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