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Sunday
Feb062011

Did US Provide Russia Sensitive Information on United Kingdom?

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Both the U.S. and British governments disputed on Saturday a London Telegraph report asserting that the "U.S. secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty."

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called the report "nonsense," saying the information sharing about U.S. transfers of nuclear weapons to the U.K. dates back to the original START treaty, an assertion backed up by the White House and British government officials.

The report, based on a Wikileaked cable from February 2010 during negotiations over the U.S.-Russian New START nuclear disarmament treaty, discussed an agreed statement on the transfer of Tridents II SLBMs to the United Kingdom.

The parties agreed that "in order to increase transparency in relation to the use of ‘Trident-II’ SLBMs, transferred by the United States of America to equip the Navy of Great Britain, the United States of America shall provide notification to the Russian Federation about the time of such transfer, as well as the unique identifier and the location of each of the transferred missiles. The Parties agree that, upon conclusion of the life cycle of 'Trident-II' SLBMs transferred by the United States of America to equip the Navy of Great Britain, the United States of America will send notification to the Russian Federation about the time and method of elimination, as well as the unique identifier for each of the transferred missiles."

Crowley emailed ABC News that "Under the 1991 START Treaty, the U.S. agreed to notify Russia of specific nuclear cooperation with the United Kingdom, such as the transfer of SLBM's to the U.K., or their maintenance or modernization. This is under an existing pattern of cooperation throughout that treaty and is expected to continue under New START. We simply carried forward and updated this notification procedure to the new treaty. There was no secret agreement and no compromise of the U.K.'s independent nuclear deterrent."

A source with the British government, speaking anonymously because his government has a policy of not commenting on WikiLeaks, says his understanding of the policy conforms with that asserted by the U.S. State Department.

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Friday
Oct292010

PJ Crowley Calls for Hikers' Release in Tweet to Iranian President

Photo Courtesy - Twitter(WASHINGTON) -- State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Friday sent a birthday greeting to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling the foreign leader's 54th year "full of lost opportunities."

"Hope in your 55th year you will open Iran to a different relationship with the world," Crowley said.
 
The DOJ spokesman urged Ahmadinejad to release Americans Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested in July 2009 while hiking the Iraq-Iran border.

"What a gift that would be," Crowley said in a tweet.

The two now face espionage charges. A trial is scheduled to begin next month.

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