The chief U.S. negotiator says the Obama administration is hoping for an overwhelming Senate vote this year to ratify the new arms control treaty with Russia.
Rose Gottemoeller said chances for ratification are good because the administration has thoroughly briefed the Senate about the New START treaty. She also pointed to the 14-4 bipartisan vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of the treaty.
Gottemoeller said the 1992 START treaty was approved by a vote of 95-0 and the U.S. is "looking for that kind of vote" again.
She told reporters after addressing the General Assembly's disarmament committee Tuesday the U.S. also wants begin negotiations on a treaty to ban production of atomic bomb material and try again to ratify the nuclear test ban treaty.