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Major Cuts in Nuclear Arsenals; U.S. - Russia Talks

03/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The news is not just noteworthy, it could be a game-changer.

A London Times story by Tim Reid quotes a White House official saying :

We are going to re-engage Russia in a more traditional, legally binding arms reduction process... Nobody would be surprised if the number [of nuclear weapons on each side] reduced to the 1,000 mark for the post-Start treaty.

Now, some of you might be saying --"Hold on!" One thousand nuclear weapons each for Russia and the United States is still a huge number of hugely destructive weapons.

You're right.

But in this case, context is everything.

You see, there are still some 25,000 nuclear weapons in the world -- the vast majority of those are under US or Russian control.

These new talks would be aiming for a 80 percent reduction in each country's stockpile!

And that's remarkable progress toward disarmament.

What is more extra-ordinary is that the huge reduction down to 1,000 is exactly what the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation calls for in its "First Hundred Days -- A Nuclear Disarmament Agenda for President Obama."

If this report proves accurate, and there's no indication it won't, the Obama administration will be be right on schedule as it moves toward making the world a safer place without nuclear weapons.

Already, there has been a positive response from Russia. In a companion Times article, Sergei Ivanov, the Deputy Prime Minister said this:

We welcome the statements from the new Obama Administration that they are ready to enter into talks and complete within a year, in this very confined timeframe, the signing of a new Russian-US treaty on the limitation of strategic attack weapons.

Imagine what a message these talks would send to other nuclear countries. Suddenly, US leadership would be unequivocal and there would be pressure on all nuclear nations to join in the process.

President Obama has said:

"A world without nuclear weapons is profoundly in America's interest and the world's interest."

Now he's taking action on those words.

If you like this development, please do what I did and click here to tell him that you applaud the idea of these bilateral talks.

Let him know that you want to see more of this peaceful US leadership for change.

It couldn't come at a better time.