US and Russia agree to extend ‘New START’ nuclear arms treaty | DW News
At the same time, according to Politico, Washington will seek a larger agreement with Russia and China.
The Donald Trump administration is weighing a strategy to keep the Barack Obama nuclear treaty from expiring while pushing for a broader arms control deal with Russia and China.
This is reported by the Politico edition.
Citing unnamed former and current administration officials, the newspaper writes that as part of this plan, the White House will agree to a temporary extension of START III, while seeking a new agreement with Moscow while trying to convince China to sit down at the negotiating table..
According to Politico, the State Department and the National Security Council see such a formula as a promising avenue both to prevent the expiration of START III in February and to achieve at least principled Russian agreement on more comprehensive restrictions on nuclear weapons..
“You can use both approaches or a combination of them,” the newspaper quotes the words of a State Department spokesman, who asked not to be named..
START III, signed by US and Russian Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in 2010, limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons for each side to 1,550. It also includes detailed verification methods, including on-site inspections, to ensure that both parties adhere to the treaty..
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