US proposes 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

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The United States will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia – the last remaining non-proliferation treaty between the two nations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday.

The New START, which came into force in 2011, limits the number of nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles that each country can deploy. It was due to expire next month.

Months of talks between the Kremlin and former President Donald Trump’s administration on extending the treaty failed. Moscow is now hoping for a quick deal with the new president.

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