S. Korea welcomes extension of New START treaty between US, Russia

Cheryl Sanders
February 4, 2021

"Extending the New START Treaty makes the United States, U.S. allies and partners, and the world safer".

STRATCOM is the arm of the USA military responsible for the nuclear deterrent. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). "If New START had not been extended, it could have been the end of decades of arms control diplomacy between the USA and Russian Federation".

The treaty, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits the number of USA and Russian strategic nuclear weapons. It also limits the number of ballistic missiles and other launchers to 800.

Because China's nuclear arsenal is so much smaller, there is no reason to include Beijing in a New START follow-on accord, he said.

The State Department's announcement of the five-year extension comes one week after the Russian parliament voted unanimously to extend the treaty, Politico reported Wednesday.

Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar said the pact and direct dialogue between the two world powers testified to a "shared goal of enhancing global security and stability".

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement the USA would use the five years of the New START treaty's renewal to pursue limits on all of Russia's nuclear weapons.

The U.S. "will also pursue arms control to reduce the dangers from China's modern and growing nuclear arsenal", the secretary of state added. "The United States is committed to effective arms control that enhances stability, transparency and predictability while reducing the risks of costly, risky arms races".

'We expect that the (New START) understanding. would allow (us) to leave behind the trend towards dismantling of arms control and nonproliferation mechanisms, so prevalent in recent years due to USA destructive policies, ' the ministry said.

The agreement on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force on 3 February, with Russia and the United States exchanging relevant notes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Bell, an expert in nuclear proliferation issues, said it was "a sensible move to extend the treaty in that it is basically in the interests of the United States and Russian Federation".

"Even as we work with Russian Federation to advance USA interests, so too will we work to hold Russian Federation to account for adversarial actions as well as its human rights abuses, in close coordination with our allies and partners", he said.

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