“We have done too little, often too late, and we have even cut back on our efforts or turned away from the greatest threat that we face in this world today — a terrorist armed with nuclear weapons,” he said.
Kerry, the junior senator from Massachusetts, said the issue would be his No. 1 priority as president.
He proposed speeding up programs to secure nuclear material from countries of the former Soviet Union, pledging to appoint a national coordinator carry out that task.
He further proposed stopping the production of new weapons-grade uranium and plutonium, reducing current stocks of nuclear weapons and cutting off Pentagon plans to develop new, low-yield nuclear weapons.