Turkey hails nuclear arms treaty inked by U.S., Russia

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Turkey said Thursday that it welcomed the nuclear arms treaty signed by the United States and Russia, Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, Turkey considered the treaty an important step towards the improvement of global security and formation of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Stressing Turkey's commitment to a nuclear-free world, the statement said "Turkey hereby confirms its support to any remarkable step taken within this framework."

The statement also said Turkey strongly supported reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons, preventing their dissemination.

Turkey believes nuclear energy should be used for peaceful purposes, which were the basic elements of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev Thursday signed a landmark nuclear arms treaty in Prague, capital of Czechoslovakia, committing to significant reductions in their countries' atomic arsenals.

Source: Xinhua


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