Obama to renew calls for nuclear reductions today

Barack Obama

BERLIN (AP) – President Barack Obama will renew his call to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpiles during a speech in Berlin today.

A senior administration official says Obama will propose cutting the U.S. and Russian stockpiles by up to one-third. That would bring the total number of warheads in each country to about 1,000.

Obama is not expected to propose any timeline for achieving those cuts. He discussed nuclear non-proliferation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting Monday on the sidelines of an international summit in Northern Ireland.

The official says Obama will also renew his call for Congress to ratify a stalled nuclear test ban treaty. The official insisted on anonymity in order to preview the issue before the president’s speech.

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