OBAMA ON NUCLEAR

. . . . . .On the third leg of his transatlantic tour, Mr Obama warned that the dangers of proliferation and of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists was "the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War," which came to a close in part thanks to the Velvet Revolution in this city two decades ago.

"I am not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly, perhaps not in my lifetime," the 47-year-old leader said. But he used his address in Prague to lay out several steps meant to demonstrate his earnestness, including calling a world summit on nuclear security in the next 12 months, urging the US Senate to immediately ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and tightening the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

"Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be checked, that we are destined to live in a world where more nations and more people possess the ultimate tools of destruction," Mr Obama told his audience. "This fatalism is a deadly adversary, for if we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable." . . . .THIS NEWS ITEM IS FROM A SPEECH DELIVERED TO A CROWD OF 20,000 PEOPLE IN PRAGUE APRIL 25-2009.

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