Obama, Medvedev discuss nuclear disarmament, Iran

08:15, May 14, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday discussed cooperation on nuclear disarmament and sanctions on Iran, said the White House.

During a phone call early on Thursday, Obama informed Medvedev that he was sending the new U.S.-Russia nuclear disarmament treaty to the U.S. Senate for ratification as soon as possible, said a White House statement.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday over the new treaty, asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen to offer testimony.

In their phone conversation, Obama and Medvedev discussed the progress toward agreement on a UN Security Council resolution on Iran, and agreed to instruct their negotiators to intensify their efforts to reach conclusion as soon as possible.

They also discussed common efforts to advance peace in the Middle East, said the statement.



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