This seems like good news:
The Obama administration scored a victory in its drive to curb the worldwide spread of nuclear material with an agreement on Wednesday by the hard-line former Soviet republic, Belarus, to surrender its stockpile of highly enriched uranium by 2012.
The announcement came at a European security conference here after a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the foreign minister of Belarus, Sergey Martynov. Mrs. Clinton said the United States would give Belarus technical and financial aid to eliminate its stockpile.
She welcomed the decision as a sign that Belarus would join the United States in its campaign to stem the proliferation of weapons-grade material by converting nuclear plants to run on low-enriched uranium — an effort that is one of President Obama’s most cherished foreign policy goals.
The administration had pushed Belarus for months to relinquish its stockpile without success. As a result, the country was not invited to Mr. Obama’s 47-nation nuclear security summit last April, at which another former Soviet state, Ukraine, agreed to give up its highly enriched uranium.
Efforts like this would be easier if Republicans would stop impeding foreign policy advances such as START for little more than domestic partisan gain.