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Frattini: U.S. nuclear treaty is right signal, right time

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In a release on Tuesday, April 6, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini praised this week's nuclear treaty between the U.S. and Russia, calling it "the right signal at the right time." 

"The principles stated in the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, including the restrictions on using nuclear weapons," continued Frattini, "create new and more favorable conditions that will strengthen non-proliferation based on the [Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Wearpons] and at the same time retain a reliable dissuasion capability that is crucial so long as nuclear weapons exist..." 

"Italy fully supports the decision of the United States to pursue the road to disarmament and a nuclear-free world, a road that G8 leaders had outlined last year in L'Aquila; and it welcomes the sensitivity shown by the Obama Administration in consulting with friend nations in the definition of a nuclear policy that best watches over the security of the allies, whether or not NATO members and affects the prospects for a further reduction of nuclear arsenals," concluded Frattini.
 
Frattini noted that the April 8 treaty signing is particularly timely, as it is followed by a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., next week on April 12 and 13 and a May 3 review conference for participating nations of the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations in New York.