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Secretary Powell: Withdrawal from the ABM Treaty [audio clip transcript]

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Secretary Powell:

The key point here is that an arms race has not been set off by the United States' indicating its intention to withdraw from the ABM Treaty. Quite the contrary. The Russians have said they don't see this as a threat to their national security, and secondly, they are going to go ahead with very deep cuts in their strategic offensive forces. This is very encouraging, and we welcome President Putin's statement.

December 13, 2001.


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