BERLIN—U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for launching negotiations with Russia aimed at ending the two nations’ Cold War military posturing, and a substantial reduction of nuclear arms. “After a comprehensive review I have 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,” Mr. Obama said in a wide-ranging foreign policy speech at the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the Cold War and one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks.

BERLIN—U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for launching negotiations with Russia aimed at ending the two nations’ Cold War military posturing, and a substantial reduction of nuclear arms. “After a comprehensive review I have 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,” Mr. Obama said in a wide-ranging foreign policy speech at the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the Cold War and one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks. I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures,” he said. 

Speaking to a gathering of 6,000 invited guests on the sun-drenched Paris Square, Mr. Obama raised the importance of containing the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea and pledged to secure U.S. ratification of a comprehensive nuclear test-ban treaty. He appealed to all nations to begin negotiations to establish a treaty that ends the production of fissile materials used to make nuclear weapons.

Source: Wall Street Journal | William Boston