New START Treaty and Protocol

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 8, 2010
Presidents Obama and Medvedev Sign New START Treaty in Prague

More on theStrategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)

Earlier today, President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia signed the New START Treaty and its protocol. Following the signing, President Obama said:

"[T]his day demonstrates the determination of the United States and Russia -- the two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons -- to pursue responsible global leadership. Together, we are keeping our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which must be the foundation for global non-proliferation.

"While the New START treaty is an important first step forward, it is just one step on a longer journey. As I said last year in Prague, this treaty will set the stage for further cuts. And going forward, we hope to pursue discussions with Russia on reducing both our strategic and tactical weapons, including non-deployed weapons.

"President Medvedev and I have also agreed to expand our discussions on missile defense. This will include regular exchanges of information about our threat assessments, as well as the completion of a joint assessment of emerging ballistic missiles. And as these assessments are completed, I look forward to launching a serious dialogue about Russian-American cooperation on missile defense.

"But nuclear weapons are not simply an issue for the United States and Russia -- they threaten the common security of all nations. A nuclear weapon in the hands of a terrorist is a danger to people everywhere -- from Moscow to New York; from the cities of Europe to South Asia. So next week, 47 nations will come together in Washington to discuss concrete steps that can be taken to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years.

"And the spread of nuclear weapons to more states is also an unacceptable risk to global security -- raising the specter of arms races from the Middle East to East Asia. Earlier this week, the United States formally changed our policy to make it clear that those [non]-nuclear weapons states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and their non-proliferation obligations will not be threatened by America's nuclear arsenal. This demonstrates, once more, America's commitment to the NPT as a cornerstone of our security strategy. Those nations that follow the rules will find greater security and opportunity. Those nations that refuse to meet their obligations will be isolated, and denied the opportunity that comes with international recognition.

"That includes accountability for those that break the rules -- otherwise the NPT is just words on a page. That's why the United States and Russia are part of a coalition of nations insisting that the Islamic Republic of Iran face consequences, because they have continually failed to meet their obligations. We are working together at the United Nations Security Council to pass strong sanctions on Iran. And we will not tolerate actions that flout the NPT, risk an arms race in a vital region, and threaten the credibility of the international community and our collective security."

Read more on the The White House Blog.

Related Entry:Secretary Clinton Outlines Nuclear Security Strategy in International Op-Ed

Comments

Comments

Ron
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New York, USA
April 8, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Gobama!

Especially loose nuke and dual-use control.

A great mutual opportunity to work with Russia.

The nuclear clock is banging...thanks for your courage.

OysterCracker
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United States
April 8, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

I was mad at Obama for accepting AIG money but now he could be the best president since sliced bread.

Mustafa
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Turkey
April 9, 2010

Mustafa in Turkey writes:

Historic picture ...for people who can remember COLD WAR ATMOSPHERE of the world... TODAY STARTÄ°G NEW modern history deeply friendly Direction ...Thank you deeply ...and warmly for both Presidents ... President of USA. President Barack Obama and President Medvedev...

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
April 9, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

President Obama & President Medvedev, i think this is a "Great Start" and hopfully it will only get better.:) :)

Have A great Weekend SeeYa.......:)

Dlace
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Indiana, USA
April 12, 2010

Dlace in Indiana writes:

There is no doubt that the START treaty is a good thing in the long run, but I believe we are hanging some of our closest allies out to dry. In September of last year President Obama abandoned the missile defense shield that protected Poland and the Czech Republic. We have exposed our allies who cannot protect themselves from a nuclear threat in an effort to strengthen our relationship with, Russia, a country who has thwarted our attempts in the past to put sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

I am just concerned that we maybe opening ourselves up just a bit too much. The Cold War was not that long ago and the actions of Vladimir Putin are troubling to say the least. Our two countries are still wary of each other and I just feel that one of the last steps of our nuclear disarmament plan should be the ending of missile defense shields. When we take down our shields in the beginning our nation has set ourselves up for some real trouble if we are stabbed in the back.

The first step should be to eliminate some of our nuclear stockpile. It is ridiculous in the first place that we have enough nuclear warheads to blow up the world three times. So limiting our stockpile to 1/3 of what is today would not have much effect on us, except for the peace of mind of having a backup in case of malfunctions. Once we have done that and Russia has complied as well, then we can think of reducing our missile shields throughout the world.

couldnt38
May 3, 2010

C writes:

couldnt u send clandestine immigrants there first?

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