Obama Calls For Drastic Reduction in Nuclear Stockpiles

President Barack Obama listens to French President Francois Hollande during the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Barack Obama is calling for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles.

Speaking at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War, Obama said it's possible to ensure American security and reduce nuclear weapons.

“We may no longer live in fear of global annihilation, but so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe,” Obama said. The U.S. will seek cooperation with Russia for further negotiated cuts “to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures,” he said.

Obama is pledging to work with NATO allies to forge a new international framework for peaceful nuclear power. He said the U.S. will hold a summit in 2016 on securing nuclear materials around the world.

He's also calling for a treaty to end production of fissile material.

“Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be stopped, cannot be checked — that we are destined to live in a world where more nations and more people possess the ultimate tools of destruction,” Obama said in the Prague speech. “Such fatalism is a deadly adversary, for if we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then in some way we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable.”

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