President Obama announces further steps toward world without nuclear weapons

The U.S. is taking steps toward a nuclear weapon-free world, including reduced strategic nuclear stockpiles and hosting a summit to reduce nuclear materials in 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

President Obama made the remarks on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. While addressing the people of Berlin, President Obama said that as long as nuclear weapons exist, the world is not truly safe from global annihilation. He noted the successes of his administration, including the reduction of the number and role of America's nuclear weapons, but he said the world must do more to make progress in the area of denuclearization.

"We have more work to do," President Obama said. "So today, I'm announcing additional steps forward. After a comprehensive review, I've determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third. And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures."

President Obama said the U.S. will also work with its allies in NATO to boldly reduce U.S. and Russian tactical weapons in Europe and to reject the nuclear weaponization that Iran and North Korea may be seeking.

In 2016, the U.S. will also host a summit to continue to make progress in securing nuclear materials worldwide.

"America will host a summit in 2016 to continue our efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world, and we will work to build support in the United States to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and call on all nations to begin negotiations on a treaty that ends the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons," President Obama said. "These are steps we can take to create a world of peace with justice."