US Department Of State Declines To Comment On George Bush Decision To Quit ABM Treaty

Officials of the US Department of State have officially declined to comment on the media reports alleging that George Bush has decided to unilaterally quit the ABM Treaty of 1972. According to a RIA Novosti correspondent, Richard Boucher, an official spokesman for the US Department of State, said Tuesday the US had no intention to reach beyond the ABM Treaty and a corresponding decision would be taken by George Bush himself. Individual officials of the Department of State noted that any information on the issue would first of all come from the White House. On Wednesday, The New York Times and The Washington Post quoted some unidentified sources in the US administration as saying that the President might announce the US withdrawal from the Treaty within the next few days--Wednesday or Thursday. The press service of the White House has declined to comment on these reports.

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