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U.S. and Russia can reduce nuclear threat

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The Sun observed in a recent editorial that President Barack Obama's call to reduce the threat of nuclear war "could not have been more timely" ("Avoiding Armageddon," Feb. 18). It would be impossible to agree more with that sentiment.

Since the Cold War, the proliferation or threat of proliferation of nuclear weapons to rogue states and terrorist organizations has been a continuous specter in international relations.

With Iranian talks next week and a North Korean nuclear test last week, the threat of nuclear-armed rogue nations has never been higher. It is vital that the two largest nuclear arsenals lead the way.

Arms talks with Russia build on a foundation created by President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. President Obama is an heir to that cooperation.

James Lewis, Alexandria, Va.

The writer is a former senior policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates.

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