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By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:58 EDT

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obama-5Barack Obama will Wednesday propose major cuts in US and Russian nuclear stocks, making a pitch for his own place in history in an evocative open-air speech during his first visit as president to Berlin.

Almost 50 years to the day since John F. Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner” and 26 years since Ronald Reagan exhorted “Tear down this wall!” Obama will unveil plans for a one-third reduction in Cold War nuclear arsenals.

He also met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he usually has respectful relations, but who is pointedly demanding details on the exact extent of US spy agency surveillance programmes.

The US president was set to use his speech at Brandenburg Gate to propose cutting US and Russian strategic nuclear warheads to around 1,000 each, and also seek cuts in tactical nuclear arms stocks in Europe.