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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama’s pledge to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons won praise Monday from China and key developing countries, and spurred hope that Washington’s policy shift and new U.S.-Russian cooperation will end a long deadlock on global disarmament efforts.
But at the start of a U.N. meeting to prepare for a 2010 conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, country representatives tempered their welcome by saying they want to see results.
Nonetheless, there was widespread recognition — even from Iran — that Obama’s engagement with the Russians was an important reversal from Bush administration policies, which didn’t seek negotiations on major arms control cuts and angered Moscow by announcing its intention to install a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.