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Global Zero Leaders Herald U.S. Senate Ratification of New START Treaty
Statements from U.S. START 1 Chief Negotiator Amb. Richard Burt and Russian Sen. Mikhail Margelov
Washington DC – Leaders of the Global Zero movement today heralded the U.S. Senate’s ratification of the New START Treaty.
Amb. Richard Burt, START 1 chief negotiator and Global Zero U.S. Chair, said:
“The Senate’s action today was imperative for national security. The New START Treaty will continue the important process of reducing and monitoring U.S. and Russian Cold War arsenals, and pave the way for the critical next step: bringing all nuclear weapons countries into multilateral nuclear arms negotiations for the first time in history.
The Treaty will strengthen U.S-Russia relations -- which is essential for our efforts to prevent Iran from getting the bomb and to build a strong international coalition to stop nuclear proliferation worldwide.”
Sen. Mikhail Margelov, Head of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Council and Global Zero Russia Co-Chair, said:
“The New START Treaty sets the stage for the next round of Russia-U.S. negotiations, which must lead to multilateral talks with the other nuclear weapons countries. The Treaty represents a shift away from the Cold War mentality and demonstrates that Russia and the U.S. are focused on achieving 21st century global security.”
The Global Zero movement is comprised of 300 political, military, business, faith and civic leaders, and 400,000 citizens worldwide working for the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons.