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Republican: 'No chance' START happens in lame duck


In a brief comment to NBC News this afternoon, Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said, "I think there is no chance that [the START] treaty can be completed in the lame duck session."

Kyl was responding to a question about whether there had been any progress made on negotiations for the START nuclear reduction treaty. Earlier this afternoon, Kyl attended a meeting to discuss START at the request of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Also attending the meeting, according to John McCain (R-AZ) were Republican Sens. McCain, Roger Wicker, Jim Inhofe, John Thune, and others.

Kyl also stressed that he was still willing to talk to whomever wanted to talk, hence his meeting today with Kerry. He added that Kerry had been very "persistent" in his effort to continue discussions.