Once again, it’s a long road with many traps along the way and a far cry from a world without war or threat of nuclear attack, but once again, Obama is aiming in the right direction, a direction badly damaged by 8 years of the Bush Administration and the hawkish nature of overly conservative politics.
Today President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev began talks toward reducing their nuclear arsenals by nearly a third.
According to NPR:
Medvedev called the framework arms control agreement — which would cut nuclear warheads to between 1,500 to 1,675 from the 2,200 allowed under START and the number of ballistic missiles would be cut to between 500 and 1,100 from an upper limit of 1,600 — a “very important … reasonable compromise.”
A White House statement said the new treaty “will include effective verification measures” and Obama said definitively the new treaty would be completed by the end of the year…
Washington and Moscow also pledged to “broaden and deepen long-term cooperation to further increase the level of security of nuclear facilities around the world, including through minimization of the use of highly-enriched uranium in civilian applications and through consolidation and conversion of nuclear materials,” according to a joint statement.
The talks alone are a grand step forward.