New New START a Nonstarter: Russian Ambassador

New New START a Nonstarter: Russian Ambassador
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The last major arms control agreement between Russia and the United States receives another blow.

Russia is uninterested in broadening the New START treaty to cover new weapons, the country's ambassador to the United States said Monday. That's a blow to the last remaining major arms control agreement between the two original nuclear powers.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, which expires in 2021, governs specific nuclear weapons belonging to the United States and Russia — essentially, the ones that existed when the agreement went into effect eight years ago. But Russia has been developing new nuclear weapons and delivery systems such as the Poseidon nuclear-armed submarine drone, the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile, and new hypersonic missiles. “I want, ideally, all nuclear weapons to be part of New START, not just the ones that are in the Treaty now,” Gen. John Hyten, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March.

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