Along with a new assertiveness in foreign policy towards Israel, the Obama Administration is starting negotiations with Russia on a new nonproliferation treaty, Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday.
Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced the initiative to move beyond the START Treaty.
"The president is absolutely committed to getting this done and he is confident that real progress is being made in the negotiations on a successor to the START treaty," said Kerry.
"A well-designed treaty will send an important message to the rest of the world," he said. "It will strengthen the global non-proliferation regime by showing that the two major nuclear powers are committed to force reductions, transparency, and strategic stability."
Kerry's statement also cast the announcement in broad terms, saying negotiations towards a successor treaty would also strengthen "cooperative efforts with Russia to address other threats to our security."