Pompeo says progress made on US and Russia arms deal

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United States’ secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday mentioned the nation had made progress with Russia on nuclear arms management just lately, including that he hopes China will be a part of the discussions.

“In the last handful of months, we’ve been working diligently to get the three nations that have the largest nuclear capabilities – the United States, Russia and China – to have strategic dialogue about how we move forward together to decrease the risk to the world”, Pompeo mentioned, and added:

“We’ve made progress with the Russians; we’ve had two good gatherings. I hope we’ll have one before too long, and we’re hopeful that the Chinese will choose to participate”.

The New Start treaty is the one remaining settlement constraining the US and Russian nuclear arsenals. It imposes limits on the variety of US and Russian long-range nuclear warheads and launchers. Russia has provided to increase the treaty, which expires in February, however US president Donald Trump mentioned he’s holding out in hopes of negotiating a three-way settlement with Russia and China.

Moscow has earlier described the aim of a three-way deal as unrealistic as China has been reluctant to debate any deal that would scale back its nuclear arsenal. China is estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons. It has numerous worldwide weapons agreements, however none limiting nuclear weapons.