Clinton To Deliver Major Arms Control Speech


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver a major address on arms control and international security at the U.S. Institute of Peace Wednesday.

While promoting President Barack Obama's goal of reducing the role of nuclear weapons in the United States' defense posture, Clinton will argue that the U.S. will retain a safe, secure and effective strategic force.

According to talking points provided to CNN by a senior administration official, Clinton will say that U.S. allies and partners "should know that we have their backs; any adversary should know we will defend ourselves."

Clinton will focus on efforts by President Obama to restore the strength of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, eliminate the potential sources of nuclear terrorism, and move toward the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

She will argue that the more productive path toward reducing the threat from nuclear weapons is to engage U.S. allies and partners around the world in diplomacy.

Clinton will highlight steps by the U.S. and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenals and will call on non-nuclear states to do more than just forgo nuclear weapons.

Clinton, who was tasked by the president to spearhead efforts to win U.S. Senate approval to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, will address next steps on that, as well as efforts to secure an arms reduction agreement with the Russians.

She will also discuss the Nuclear Posture Review, highlighting the State Department's role in helping to frame the overall discussions. A senior administration official with knowledge of the speech but not authorized to publicly discuss it said she will "insist we review tough questions and end Cold War thinking."

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