Obama gets Powell behind New START nuclear deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 2, 2010 02:39

President Barack Obama rallied support for a stalled nuclear treaty from former Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday, as both men warned of grave consequences if the US Senate fails to ratify the agreement with Russia.

"When you have uncertainty in the area of nuclear weapons, that's a much more dangerous world to live in," Obama said at the White House after a meeting with Powell and Vice President Joe Biden.

Powell, a retired four-star Army general and former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said he fully supports the New START treaty, and believes Obama has adequately addressed concerns of Republicans lawmakers over verification systems and modernization of the remaining US nuclear arsenal.

Failing to ratify the treaty, Powell said, could leave the US in a vulnerable position.


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