US Senate rejects bid to kill Russia treaty

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The US Senate on Saturday beat back an attempt by President Barack Obama's Republican foes to kill a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia over complaints tied to missile defense.

Lawmakers voted 37-59 to reject an amendment by Republican Senator John McCain to strip out language in the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty's (START) preamble tying offensive nuclear weapons to defensive systems.

The preamble is non-binding but, because it resulted from talks between Washington and Moscow, passing the amendment would have forced the accord back to the negotiating table, effectively killing the agreement.

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