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U.S. May Press U.N. on Terror Arms Interdiction

The United States and allied countries may go to the United Nations to seek broad support of a plan to interdict shipments of weapons of mass destruction, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Rodman told a congressional hearing that the United States supported “proactive measures” — including perhaps stopping planes and searching ships at sea — to halt the spread of nuclear technology, missiles and chemical and biological arms. “My sense is that it is something that might, for example, be raised in the U.N. Security Council,” Rodman said. “But there may be other forums as well in which we would develop some multilateral consensus.” He said in testimony to a House International Relations Subcommittee that the plan, raised by President Bush last month on a visit to Poland, could also include improved export controls and was gaining support from other countries. Full Story

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