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Celebs push Obama to eliminate nuclear weapons

A video from the group Global Zero released last week features prominent stars from film and television repeating Obama’s speech from Prague in 2009 outlining his vision for nuclear disarmament.

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“Today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” said Obama in the speech.

The video opens with his voice, followed by stars including Michael Douglas, Naomi Watts, Matt Damon and Robert DeNiro delivering the rest of the address.

The video concludes again with Obama saying “The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. “

A statement from the group on their website said the video was part of an “international campaign urging President Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons by negotiating further cuts in the massive U.S.-Russian Cold War stockpiles and bringing other leading nuclear powers into international nuclear arms negotiations for the first time in history.”

“The message from national security experts and citizens around the world is clear: the only way to eliminate the global nuclear danger is to eliminate all nuclear weapons,” said Michael Douglas in the statement. “It's time to set the world's course to zero.”

Obama’s Prague address called for reducing the stockpiles of nuclear nations, preventing other countries from developing weapons, safely securing nuclear material and developing safer nuclear energy.

In 2010, Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that limited the number of deployed warheads to 1,500. 

The administration has continued to discuss nuclear weapons reduction with the Russians in Obama’s second term.