Current as of: June 14, 1996
Created June 14, 1996
EXCERPTS FROM PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES ON ARMS CONTROL

President Clinton has highlighted national security issues in many of his speeches this year, beginning with the State of the Union Address. The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency has the lead on many of these issues. Some excerpts from this year's speeches include:

Success stories:

"[L]et's look at the march of the world toward peace after the cold war. There are no nuclear missiles pointed at the people of the United States for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age. Your country is continuing to fight to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction."

Remarks to the Community in Des Moines

Feb. 11, 1996

"If you look at the role America has played in the world, we should be rejoicing...There are no more nuclear missiles pointed at any children in the United States. I'm proud of that. If the Russians follow the lead of the United States Senate and adopt a START II treaty, we will reduce by two-thirds the nuclear arsenals of both countries. We have gotten almost 180 countries to agree to join the nonproliferation treaty and promise never, never to develop nuclear missiles. This year I believe we will get a comprehensive nuclear test ban for the whole world. This is a remarkable thing."

Remarks at Fundraising Dinner in New York City

Feb. 15, 1996

"I asked you to give me a chance to try to give America a more secure future and a more peaceful, more democratic world. And the fact that there are no nuclear missiles pointed at any American children for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age is evidence of that commitment kept.

"And I am proud of what the United States has done to stand up against terrorism; to limit the spread of dangerous weapons; to work for a ban on all nuclear testing..."

Remarks to the Community in Rochester, New York

Feb. 17, 1996

"Our diplomacy backed with force persuaded North Korea to freeze its nuclear program. We have now secured the indefinite and unconditional extension of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Sometimes I wonder if people know what that is. Now I know you do. I wish I could give you a citation."

Remarks at the United States Coast Guard Commencement

May 22, 1996

The Agenda:

"Because so many threats to America's security are global in scope and because no nation is immune to them, we simply must work with other nations more closely than ever to fight them. Whether the threat is the aggression of rogue states or the spread of weapons of mass destruction...no nation can defeat it alone. But, together, we can deal with these problems and we can make America more secure."

Radio Address by the President to the Nation

April 20, 1996

"We have cooperation from other countries in fighting terrorism at home and abroad. And I can tell you...if you look at the proliferation of dangerous weapons, every one of these things requires the United States to lead and cooperate, and they will affect how your children and your grandchildren live and what kind of future we have in the 21st century."

Remarks at Democratic Dinner in Coral Gables, Fla.

April 29, 1996

"We must continue to help people who will work with us to safeguard nuclear materials and destroy those nuclear weapons so they don't wind up in the wrong hands. We have got to stop an entire new generation of nuclear weapons by signing a comprehensive test ban treaty this year. We have to ban chemical weapons by ratifying the chemical weapons convention now.

"All of these things are focused on reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction."

Remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement

May 22, 1996

Chemical and Biological Weapons:

"As we remember what happened in the Japanese subway, we can outlaw poison gas forever if the Senate ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention -- this year."

State of the Union Address

Jan. 23, 1996

"There are still security threats to the children of America. There is the proliferation of weapons of destruction, chemical and biological weapons."

Remarks at Gala for Rep. Richard Gephardt, St. Louis

May 17, 1996

"If we want to deal with the...proliferation of chemical and biological weapons...we cannot do this alone. If you want your children to have a system in which everybody who will work can have an opportunity and a system in which we can solve the new security problems of the 21st century, we cannot do it alone."

Remarks to the People of Milwaukee

May 23, 1996

"...No great nation can hide from terrorism. We saw it at the World Trade Center...We saw it in Oklahoma City...In the world we're living in...one of our biggest challenges is seeing...the people who smuggle weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons, coming together and working together. I am determined that will not happen, and I intend to keep us involved with every freedom loving country in the world that will stand up to the terrorists and the thugs that would rob innocent people of their future."

Remarks at DNC Dinner in Columbus, Ohio

March 23, 1996

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty:

"We must end the race to create new nuclear weapons by signing a truly comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty -- this year."

State of the Union Address

Jan. 23, 1996

"If you want a safe world, if you want these countries to say, 'We'll never develop nuclear missiles,' if you want them to say, as I am pleading with them to say this year, 'No more nuclear testing: It is over,' we have to cooperate in the world."

Remarks to the Community in Iowa City, Iowa

Feb. 10, 1996

"We need a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty...and we have to do even more to ensure the security of the nuclear materials that are out there now."

Radio Address by the President

April 20, 1996

Reducing Nuclear Threats:

"...For 3 years, the President (Yeltsin) and I have worked together in trying to make the world a safer place by reducing the nuclear threat that all our citizens face. Because of those efforts, Russian and American missiles are no longer pointed at each other's cities or citizens. We've both made deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals by putting START I into force. And we'll make even deeper cuts when the Duma ratifies START II.

"We've worked with Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakstan to dismantle nuclear weapons on their land. And yesterday, with other world leaders, we took important steps to make nuclear materials more secure so they don't fall into the wrong hands...and to strongly support the passage of a comprehensive test ban treaty this year."

The President's News conference with President Yeltsin of Russia in Moscow

April 21, 1996