U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced progress in arms control negotiations with Russia.
Pompeo said that in recent months, hard work has been underway to conduct a dialogue between the three countries with the largest nuclear weapons arsenal – the United States, Russia, and China. “The Russians and I have made progress, we have had two good meetings,” he said.
The Secretary of State also expressed hope for another meeting with the Russian side in the near future. In addition, he hoped for China’s participation in the talks. “We hope that Russia will encourage them to participate,” Pompeo said.
The Strategic Offensive Arms Limitation Treaty (START-3) was signed in 2010 by then-Presidents of Russia and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev, and Barack Obama. It came into force in 2011.
Washington indicated that it would agree to extend the treaty if the parties made progress in incorporating tough new verification measures, if it took into account all nuclear warheads, and if China joined it. Director of the Department of Arms Control of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Fu Tsun said that Beijing will take part in the trilateral talks only if the U.S. side agrees to reduce its nuclear arsenal to the level of China.