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Spring 2010 The Ambassadors REVIEW 15 President Obama Implements His Arms Control Agenda Ellen O. Tauscher Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security peaking in Prague last year, President Obama set forth an ambitious and bold agenda to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. He acknowledged that achieving that goal would take patience and persistence and that it might not happen in his lifetime. But more than just a destination, President Obama’s agenda is a series of concrete steps designed to prevent proliferation of nuclear material and weapons, reduce the role and numbers of weapons, and enhance the security of the United States and our allies. As one of two nations with the most nuclear weapons, we—the United States— acknowledge and embrace our responsibility to lead the way in reducing the numbers and salience of nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, we will maintain a safe, secure and effective nuclear arsenal so long as nuclear weapons exist. We will never waver in our commitment to defend ourselves, our allies and our interests. Any adversary should know we will defend ourselves and punish aggression. But clinging to nuclear weapons in excess of our security needs does not make the United States safer. Holding onto unnecessary weapons does not make us more secure. It makes others feel insecure. It could give some countries an excuse to pursue nuclear
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