Kevin Rudd puts nuclear arsenal on agenda

Peter Alford; 16/5/09

The US and Russia should reduced their combined nuclear stockpile from 22,000 warheads to 1000 over the next 15 years, a report commissioned by the Australian and Japanese governments recommends. The report, Eliminating Nuclear Threats, A Practical Agenda For Policymakers, aims to frame international debate ahead of Barack Obama’s April nuclear security summit and the critical Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty five-year review conference in May.The work of an international commission, chaired by former foreign ministers Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi, the report was mainly funded by Canberra, and Kevin Rudd indicated yesterday it would frame his policy response next year.