US sees new START treaty as strategy to interact China on arms management

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Official says US will urge China to hitch the trouble to cut back nuclear arms stockpiles.

The Biden administration views the New START Treaty clinched with Russia this week as the start of engagement on strategic points and urges China to hitch the trouble to cut back nuclear arms stockpiles, a US envoy has stated.

The United States and Russia introduced on Wednesday that they had prolonged the New START  (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) settlement for 5 years, preserving the final treaty limiting deployments of the world’s two largest strategic nuclear arsenals.

Robert Wood, US ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, in a speech on Thursday to the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament known as for a brand new arms management drive that “covers more weapons, and eventually more countries”.

“The United States will also seek to engage China on nuclear arms control and risk reduction. I hope that China will join us in that effort,” stated Wood, who additionally serves as US Commissioner for the New START Treaty’s Bilateral Consultative Commission.

International welcome

Russian Ambassador Gennady Gatilov, a former deputy overseas minister, additionally took the ground on the Geneva talks to reward the treaty extension.

Li Song, China’s ambassador to the discussion board, welcomed the bilateral settlement, noting the US and Russia are “the largest nuclear powers in the world”.

“China hopes to work on a basis of parity and mutual respect with all nuclear powers, including the Russian Federation and the United States, to engage in bilateral dialogue on security, strengthening mutual security measures, boosting transparency and trust,” Li advised the gathering.

Germany’s Ambassador Peter Beerwerth stated that the renewed US-Russian pact “sends out an important signal for the year 2021” and demonstrated that “negative trends can be reversed through political goodwill”.

“It also paves the way for its further development, which is very much needed, notably in light of the growing arsenals (of) some nuclear powers,” Beerwerth stated.

The START treaty was set to run out on February 5, 2021, and its extension was not assured underneath the earlier administration of President Donald Trump.

Trump took the US out of the Open Skies treaty, which created a programme for unarmed surveillance flights over the territory of signatory nations, at present 35.

Before leaving workplace, Trump pushed for China to hitch the treaty, intimating the US would withdraw if Beijing declined, which it did.

Trump had criticised the treaties, saying they put the US at a drawback.

Ned Price, a US State Department spokesperson, advised reporters on Wednesday it “is manifestly in our interest to have a full five-year extension of the new START agreement”.

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