Russia-U.S. Arms Treaty in the Works

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

In Russia today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has made "considerable progress" with Moscow on a new strategic arms treaty.

The U.S. and Russia met today to reach an agreement on the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that expires in December. One of the key issues Secretary of State Clinton and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed was how to pressure Iran to prove its nuclear program is peaceful.

During a joint press conference, the two said the U.S. and Russia had made considerable progress towards reaching a new agreement, and that both nation's positions on Iran's nuclear program "coincide," according to the Associated Press.

Clinton and Lavrov also discussed Afghanistan and whether or not to scale back a proposal for an anti-missile shield in Europe. The Moscow talks were the final leg of a five-nation overseas tour for Secretary of State Clinton.

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