April 8th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
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Obama, Medvedev sign START treaty

ALT TEXT President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the START Treaty Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Prague, Czech Republic (CNN)
- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed the START treaty, a major arms control agreement that reduces the nuclear stockpiles of both nations.

The treaty, whose full name is the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, builds on a previous agreement that expired in December.

The agreement cuts the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about a third.

"This day demonstrates the determination of the United States and Russia - the two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons - to pursue responsible global leadership," Obama said after the signing. "Together, we are keeping our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which must be the foundation for global non-proliferation."

Medvedev called START a "win-win situation" for the two countries.

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  1. Dutch

    With all the civil unrest going on worldwide, along with rogue nations trying to acquire nuclear weapons, this a great step forward in reducing both nuclear arsenals of the superpowers.

    April 8, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. jason

    Afganistan, housing and sponsoring Al Qaeda and the Taliban, attacked us.

    did we nuke them?

    Iraq had dozens of SCUDs, loaded with chem weapons, most were destroyed pre invasion.
    some were launched but shot down.

    dont give me that James Baker bovine scatology. They tried, failed, and we smashed them without nukes.

    Military and intelligence people know this is good policy.

    Notice the critical quotes are from think tank poindexters who havent worked for 20 years.

    Wake up people.

    We will smash anybody that attacks us. We just won't nuke them. Saying so isn't weak, its smart.

    Anybody critical on this list every been above a sgt. rank in the military or involved in real military intelligence?

    Didnt think so

    April 8, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope this leads to better cooperation on loose nuclear material. Once we secure all that, I hope that we can figure out how to use it in fission reactors to create electricity of be batteries for deep space probes (for where solar panels won't generate enough power).

    If we can't secure all of that kind of material, then there is a chance that some idiot terrorist group will use it as either a dirty bomb or a full fission weapon.

    April 8, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. POTUS #40

    My Fellow Americans,

    I can't tell you how happy I am to look down and see that this goal of mine has finally come to fruition.

    Throughout my Presidency, I advocated for the exact type of reduction that is reflected in this phase of the START Treaty. The administration of President Barack Obama is the one who got it done and he therefore deserves the credit.

    I don't know what to make of the lunatics in my Republican Party that deride things like this as leftist or socialist. Rudy Guiliani said that this nuclear reduction embodied 60 years of "leftist" desires. Rudy, I guess I'm a leftist then ...

    Just the other day, I was taking to Dick [Nixon] and he was talking about how glad he was to see the mandate for health insurance which is something he advanced when he was President. He told me, "Ron, anyone that calls this socialism doesn't know what they are talking about. I WAS FOR THIS."

    Boy, I"m glad I'm out of politics. I don't recognize this Palin/Bachman/Hannity/Limbaugh Republican party.

    Ronald Reagan

    April 8, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. Duck Fallas

    They're both wearing Dick Tracy watches.

    April 8, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Tim

    In 1986 at the Reykjavik summit, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, both passionate about nuclear disarmament, shocked deterrence experts with an unimaginable proposal – total nuclear disarmament. “It would be fine with me if we eliminated all nuclear weapons,” said Reagan. “We can do that,” replied Gorbachev, “Let’s eliminate them. We can eliminate them.”

    This is a great achievement, one that Ronald Reagan sought to make a reality and it is realized now. President Obama will soon get his due and be recognized as one of the great U.S. Presidents!!!

    April 8, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    This is a good thing, I think. The problem is that Obama is completely untrustworthy and corrupt, so I do have this bit of skepticism in the pit of my stomach. I guess we will see the details emerge during the Senate debate and find out if he is selling continuing his mission to sell our country out to pursue the socialist agenda.

    April 8, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Is anyone adding up the things President Obama has accomplished thus far since he has been in office?? Of course not!! Everyone wants to complain about what he has not accomplished yet – closing Quantatama Bay, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, etc. – even though THAT would get done also.

    CNN LOVES to take polls that mean NOTHING but yet I have not seen them run a story on what President Obama has accomplished since DAY 1!! A story like that would not be 'bloody' news; "racist' views; 'hatred' stimulating and/or 'corrupted' enough to write about. That’s GOOD news!

    President Obama would end both wars and bring world peace while THIS COUNTRY is STUCK on not recognizing anything positive he is doing. Everyone else see it except the Untied States!!! Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh, Bachmann and the other entire name-calling racist of America has the spotlight and they dominate the news!! Aren’t we BETTER than that as a WHOLE?? Of course we are and it will NEVER be seen.

    WAKE UP AMERICA & THE MEDIA!!! It's not about SHOUTING, ANGER and HATE, it's about CIVILITY!! Please SHOW more of THAT instead of what you believe is REAL NEWS!!!

    April 8, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. Independent

    Good Job Mr. President

    April 8, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. Dave

    Wait until the details REALLY come out then we will find out how we got screwed in this deal.

    The bottom line is for 50 + years having nukes has been a great deterrent against our enemies. Part of this deal states that we will not use the bomb against any country that doesn't have one (except maybe Iran and NK since they don't comply). Brilliant. Might as well post a sign to all the lunatics to go ahead and take your shots at us because we will not fight back wih everything we have. This guy is a compelte moron and is trying everything in his power to destroy this country. It is becoming more and more clear that he hates America as a superpower and truly feels it has not been good for the world.

    What's the saying:
    I would rather have the bomb and not need it, than not have it and need it.

    VOTE THIS MORON OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Equality for all

    Thank you, President Obama, for restoring our county's standing in the world, passing health care for all Americans, and working with the rest of the world to end nuclear proliferation. I am so proud of how hard you have worked for all the American people, despite the challenges you have faced from those who want you and America to fail. Please keep up the good work, and know that most Americans are with you in your efforts to return America back into the world leader we once were!

    April 8, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The GOP party of war will be angry because we will only be able to destroy the world 30 times over. Making the world safer is not a republican priority.

    April 8, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Gary (I)

    Seems like the flaw in this plan is that we need to upgrade our nukes even if we don't increase the number. Upgrading would make them safer to store and to use. More accurate for targeting, more easy to disarm, less expensive to maintain and monitor. Pres. Obama should rethink this strategy.

    April 8, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  14. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Oh, oh. It's undisclosed bunker time! Here comes Cheney to condemn the reduction of stockpiles.

    April 8, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Charlie from the North

    Does not go far enough. But hey it's a START. Lighten up people the world is a little safer.

    April 8, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. Steph

    All of you Regan conservatives (Glen Beck included) will applaud this, right? Please review all of Regan's speeches about nuclear non-proliferation. Information is your friend.

    April 8, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good job Mr. President, and not too shabby for someone who was just a Senator and community organizer!!!

    Congratulations!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    April 8, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Minnesotan

    First Health Care Reform and now START. I'm very proud of my President and the work he's doing repairing the damage from the last President.

    April 8, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    This one makes sense.

    April 8, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. Reynald

    Nuclear weapons are so powerful. I don't know if "reducing" this means anything.

    April 8, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Obama Victim

    did Obozo bow as he was surrendering??

    April 8, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Chris D.

    Good job Mr. President........You are continuing the legacy of JFK, and Ronald Reagan, in their dream to one day free the world of these earth destoying weapons..........

    April 8, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Mike

    nobama is putting this country on the fast track to destruction. He has increased the debt and deficit by 4 fold, turned his back on allies and bowed to those who reject us. Now he has taken nuclear retalation off the table which opens us up to attack. I do not know if this country can survive until the elections in November to block his policies.

    April 8, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. NVa Native

    It is great to have a President who understands what his reponsibilities are and does everything he can to fulfil them. It's no wonder why most of the world and most Americans support him. Too bad we have such nasty little cluster of social and political parasites who will say and do anything to promote his not achieving positive results for all Americans. But their lies and deceptions wil and are catching up to them.
    November will be a good month to remember the party of "NO".

    April 8, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Carmelle

    "It reduces it by a 1/3"

    Fox and SP are telling their uninformed audience that it means that we will not have any nuclear power to defend ourselves.

    President Obama: I love you and I trust you. Thank you for showing why the international community saw in you what the teabaggers of this country don't or hate to see in you. You are a role model.

    April 8, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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