US President Barac Obama has said that as long as a potential nuclear threat persists from Iran, America will continue pushing plans for missile defense. In Prague for an EU-US summit, he pledged new vigour in the global against nuclear weapons proliferation.
He launched a strong warning to North Korea: “The United States will take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. To put an end to cold war thinking we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and urge others to do the same.”
“North Korea broke the rules, once again, by testing a rocket that could be used for a long range missiles. This provocation underscores the need for action, not just this afternoon of the UN security council but in our determination to prevent the spread of this weapons. Rules must be binding”
The Czech Republic is one of two sites in eastern Europe on the drawing board for a US missile defence shield. Hundreds of opponents to the plan were arrested yesterday. There is an official ban on any rallies today, as Obama gets together with European Union leaders. Thanking his hosts, the current Czech EU Presidency, Obama said he was speaking from the centre of a free and united Europe.
Obama reinforces anti-nukes pledge in Prague