Clinton urges US Senate to approve new nuclear treaty

June 17, 2010 17:12

WASHINGTON  —  A new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia would strengthen US efforts to control the illicit spread of nuclear materials, said US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to a US Senate committee on Thursday.

Clinton and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. The deal was signed by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April.

It would limit the number of each country's deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from the current limit of 2,200. It replaces the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, which expired in December. To be ratified, the treaty needs 67 votes in the 100-member Senate. The Russian parliament hasn't yet acted on it.

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