U.S. Senate to kick off ratification process on disarmament treaty with Russia

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The U.S. Senate on Thursday received the new nuclear disarmament treaty reached by the Obama administration and the Russian government in April, and said it will begin the ratification process soon.

Early on Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama sent the so- called new START treaty, which is designed to replace the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the two countries, to the Senate for ratification.

Under the new treaty, the deployed warheads held by the two super nuclear powers will be significantly reduced to 1,550 each in the next ten years, about 30 percent lower than a previous nuclear disarmament treaty's limitation.

The new treaty has to be passed by U.S. and Russian lawmakers before entering into force. Obama has to make at least 67 senators support the treaty so that it could pass the 100-seat Senate.

"The Senate will give new START the full and careful consideration it deserves. I am confident that once the treaty has been thoroughly vetted, we will emerge with bipartisan consensus," said John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Ratifying New START is an essential step toward making America safer," said Kerry in a statement, adding that "we must uphold America's long-standing record of leadership" on the global nuclear disarmament process.

The Kerry-chaired committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday over the new START treaty, asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen to testify.

Source:Xinhua

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