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U.S., Russia intend to reach new arms control deal this year
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11:04, March 07, 2009

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The United States and Russia intend to reach a new arms control agreement by the end of this year to replace the current Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here on Friday.

Clinton and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held talks on Friday in Geneva, and START II was on "top agenda" at the meeting.

"We intend to reach agreement by the end of this year, we want to work immediately," Clinton told a press conference after the meeting.

Clinton said their talks over arms control and non-proliferation were "very practical" and "very specific," and that she hoped both sides want to keep progress on the issue "every day."

Clinton said the United States and Russia should take a lead in the global arms control, and both sides would lay the "position" on the issue to be presented for the first encounter between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev at a London summit next month.

START II, although ratified, has never entered into force, or in other words, has never been activated. On June 14, 2002, one day after the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, Russia withdrew from START II.


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