Obama calls ratifying START treaty US imperative

President Barack Obama sternly proclaimed sanction of the U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty "a national security vital" Thursday, saying the Senate must act previous to Congress goes home for the year.

Lobbying rigid for votes from the White House, Obama he spoken confidence he would be able to get enough votes to get the treaty passed, saying that every president since Ronald Reagan has been able to get such pacts during.

To apply force on the Senate, Obama bounded himself for his declaration with former secretaries of states and protection of both parties, who all hold the treaty, along with leaders of his administration. He said the United States "cannot afford to gamble" with its ability to verify Russia's tactical nuclear arsenal — a central element of the agreement.

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