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US ready to negotiate new treaty to replace new START in 2026 – Biden

The Biden administration announced its readiness to negotiate a new arms control framework to replace the New START treaty with Russia upon its expiry in 2026.

On Monday, US President Joe Biden said his administration is ready to negotiate a new arms control framework to replace the New START treaty with Russia upon its expiry in 2026.    

Ahead of the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Biden stated, “Today, my Administration is ready to expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework to replace New START when it expires in 2026. But negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith,” ahead of the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Biden said that Moscow should demonstrate its readiness to resume work on nuclear arms control with the US, and so should China.    

“China also has a responsibility as an NPT nuclear weapons state and a member of the P5 to engage in talks that will reduce the risk of miscalculation and address destabilizing military dynamics. There is no benefit to any of our nations, or for the world, to resist substantive engagement on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation,” he added, stressing that the US reiterates its commitment to the NPT treaty.

“In this moment of uncertainty and upheaval on the global stage, reaffirming our shared commitment to the grounding principles of the global nonproliferation regime has never been more crucial. The world can be confident that my Administration will continue to support the NPT and seek to strengthen the nonproliferation architecture that protects people everywhere,” he added.    

A global conference that reviews the NPT every five years will convene from August 1 till August 26 in New York.

Source: Alamyadeen

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