Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Arms-Reduction Effort with Russia Must Continue, Obama Says

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Arms-Reduction Effort with Russia Must Continue, Obama Says

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama appealed to Russian leaders to maintain joint efforts aimed at ensuring that nuclear material doesn't fall into the hands of terrorists.

At an event to mark the 20th anniversary of a program set up with the goal of securing and dismantling nuclear weapons and materials left in former Soviet republics, Mr. Obama said the threat of unsecured weapons material hasn't receded.

"Nuclear terrorism remains one of the greatest threats to global security," the president said in remarks to the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium at the National Defense University in Washington. "Let's work with Russia as an equal partner."

The program was initiated under a 1992 law sponsored by former Sens. Sam Nunn, a Georgia Democrat, and Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican, who were hailed Monday by Mr. Obama as "two visionaries."

The law led to deactivation of 7,610 nuclear warheads and elimination of all nuclear weapons from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, according to Mr. …

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