Russian Ambassador to United States says Trump will not abandon Iranian nuclear deal

Delia Watkins
February 10, 2017

President Donald Trump criticized the START-3 Treaty during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 28. "It wasn't like he didn't know what was being said. He wanted an opinion on something", Spicer told reporters.

"Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today's call, the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern", the White House said in a statement.

"These are situations that the president I think needs to be acquainted with and I would hope that if it's his aim in visiting with President Putin to initiate new negotiations... he needs to have a very, very good background as to what has transpired in the past", Lugar warned.

The treaty in question, known as New START, caps US and Russian deployment of "strategic offensive arms", including nuclear warheads.

The platform of Trump's Republican Party had promised to "abandon arms control treaties that benefit our adversaries without improving our national security" and called for the development of "a multi-layered missile defense system".

The treaty went into effect in 1994.

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According to the Reuters report, when Putin brought up the possibility of extending the treaty, an Obama-era agreement, Trump turned to aides to ask what it was.

While suggesting possible cooperation with Moscow to fight the Islamic State group in Syria, as a candidate Trump was critical of the New START and talked about a need to strengthen USA nuclear arsenals.

How destructive is a nuclear weapon? Thus the United States agreed, along with Russian Federation, to limit strategic nuclear warheads to an aggregate 1,550, the lowest number in decades. And then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called it "history" and a "win-win" for both countries.

And it includes a withdrawal clause, standard in these types of deals. He doesn't concern himself with the details because he already knows that the deal must be to our disadvantage, since he takes it as a given that the US has been getting "ripped off" in everything. He forgot its name - Trump was convinced it was called the "Start-Up" treaty - and struggled to discuss the substance of the agreement at the most basic level.

"The fact that Donald Trump seems to be taking his nuclear policy advice from far-right ideologues who opposed the pact should be deeply troubling to every citizen.He seems unable to set aside his peculiar personal prejudices from his own strategic goal of improving relations with Russian Federation".

START expired in 2009 and was nearly immediately followed by negotiations for New START, which was signed by former Russian President Medvedev and former President Barack Obama in 2010 after just a few months of negotiating.

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