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Obama reassures lawmakers on US missile defences

12-19-2010 17:19 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has reassured lawmakers that he is committed to building US missile defenses despite the wording in a new strategic nuclear treaty with Russia that appears to limit US options.

As Republican senators debated an amendment to the new START treaty, Obama released a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In it, he says as long as he is president, and as long as Congress provides the necessary funding, the United States will continue to develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect the country, and their deployed forces and allies and partners.

The treaty, signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last April, requires the former Cold War rivals to reduce their number of strategic nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550 apiece within seven years.

April 8, 2010 : President Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev
sign the New START treaty in Prague in this. Obama warns that failure
to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia will undercut American
leadership on scores of challenges it faces worldwide.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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