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Thursday 31 July 2014

Obama calls for nuclear weapons to be cut by a third

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to speak to the media following bilateral talks at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner."  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to speak to the media following bilateral talks at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner." (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19:  U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak to the media following bilateral talks at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner."  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak to the media following bilateral talks at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner." (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media following bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner."  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media following bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: "Ich bin ein Berliner." (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama has called for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles.

Speaking at Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War, he said it was possible to ensure American security and a strong deterrent and also reduce nuclear weapons.

He said he intends to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond a Cold War nuclear posture.

Mr Obama promised to work with Nato allies to forge a new international framework for peaceful nuclear power. He said the US will hold a summit in 2016 on securing nuclear materials around the world.

He also called for a treaty to end production of fissile material.

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