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Political Scientist Dr. Zillur Rahman Khan Assesses New US Russia Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty


U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have signed a new major nuclear arms treaty that cuts each country's arsenal by about 30 percent. The pact signed Thursday in Prague in the Czech Republic leaves each country with about 1,500 strategic nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama calls it "an important milestone for nuclear security and non-proliferation."

Mr. Medvedev says the two sides accomplished what at one time seemed impossible. The Russian leader also called the signing a historic event that could lead to a new chapter of bilateral cooperation.

The U.S. Senate and Russia's parliament must both ratify the treaty for it to take effect.

Eminent political scientist Dr. Zillur Rahman Khan in an interview with Voice of America analyzed the new US Russia nuclear treaty.

Dr. Khan believes that the new treaty will be ratified by US Congress. Dr. Khan also believes that other countries with nuclear arms will be positively influenced by this treaty.

Dr. Khan is a Rosebush Professor Emeritus - University of Wisconsin, USA.

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