President Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia reached a preliminary agreement yesterday to cut the American and Russian nuclear arsenals by as much as a third while exploring options for cooperation on missile defense.
They hammered out agreements on a range of concerns including health issues.
“President Medvedev and I made progress on negotiating a new treaty that will substantially reduce our warheads and delivery systems,” said Mr. Obama. “We renewed our commitment to clean, safe and peaceful nuclear energy, which must be a right for all nations that live up to their responsibilities under the NPT. And we agreed to increase cooperation on nuclear security, which is essential to achieving the goal of securing all vulnerable nuclear material within four years.”
In this White House photo, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign documents on nuclear arms reduction before their news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow Monday, July 6, 2009.