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Release No: 1169-10
December 21, 2010

Statement by Secretary Robert Gates on the New START Treaty

            “I strongly support the Senate voting to give its advice and consent to ratification of the New START Treaty this week.

            “The treaty will enhance strategic stability at lower numbers of nuclear weapons, provide a rigorous inspection regime including on-site access to Russian missile silos, strengthen our leadership role in stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and provide the necessary flexibility to structure our strategic nuclear forces to best meet national security interests.

            “This treaty stands on its merits, and its prompt ratification will strengthen U.S. national security.”

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