Canada hails progress on US-Russia nuclear pact

23rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Canada on Thursday welcomed the US Senate's ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Moscow and said it looked forward to Russian approval of the pact.

"The ratification of this treaty by both states demonstrates the continued commitment of the parties to enhancing global security," Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said in a statement.

"It will also help advance weapons of mass destruction threat-reduction projects on which Canada collaborates with Russia and the United States, particularly through our Global Partnership Program," he added.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) would restrict each of the former Cold War foes to a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads, a cut of about 30 percent from a limit set in 2002, and 800 launchers and bombers.

Cannon said the deal "further fulfills international commitments of the parties in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."

Russia has welcomed the US Senate's approval of the deal following months of opposition from US President Barack Obama's Republican rivals.

But Moscow said it needed time to study the US documents before doing the same as there may have been amendments to a draft.

© 2010 AFP

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