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US, Russia working hard for nuke arms treaty: Clinton

world Updated: Dec 11, 2009 10:58 IST
Hillary Clinton

Asserting that both Russia and the US are committed to completing bilateral nuclear arms treaty START 1, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said both the countries are working hard for final negotiations.

"I received a report from our lead negotiator this morning about some areas of discussion that have been proposed by the Russians.

I think both sides are committed to completing the START treaty; it’s just a question of when that will be achieved," Clinton said.

We are working very hard on the START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) final negotiations, Clinton told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

Later top State Department official said the two Presidents want this to be done by the end of the year.

"There have been high-level meetings within the United States Government on this issue. We want to see this get done as quickly as possible," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P J Crowley, said.

The Presidents (of US and Russia) have set a goal of having this accomplished by the end of the year, he said.

Crowley said the US has seen on the Russian side same kind of determination and earnestness that the two countries have brought to this negotiation. We continue to think both sides are working in good faith, and where there’s good faith, we think ultimately we’ll reach an accommodation."