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Published:December 23rd, 2010 11:45 EST
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Ban Welcomes US Ratification Of Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty

By SOP newswire3

Ban Ki-moon welcomed today`s vote by the United States Senate to support the ratification of the nuclear arms reduction treaty signed earlier this year by the leaders of Russia and the US.

This sends a firm and clear message in support of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, " astatement issued by Mr. Ban`s spokesperson said of the action taken by the US on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (known as the New START Treaty).

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US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the treaty in April, pledging to slash their nuclear arsenals by a third.

Mr. Ban said he hopes the two countries will build on the momentum of today`s action and continue to engage in follow-on measures to achieve deeper reductions in their nuclear arsenals.

He reaffirms his full commitment to working toward achieving nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, " the statement added.

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