Russia, U.S. conclude second round of nuclear disarmament talks
Russia and the United States on Wednesday concluded their second round of talks aimed at reaching a new strategic arms reduction agreement to replace the 1991 START treaty, Xinhua reported.
"The current three-day round of talks on an agreement to replace the START treaty has concluded in Geneva," said a spokesperson for the U.S. mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Negotiators from both sides held altogether five working sessions from June 1 to June 3, and the U.S. delegation was led by Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for verification, compliance, and implementation, the spokesperson said.
The Russian diplomatic mission also confirmed that the second round of talks have concluded.
But both sides declined to reveal any further detail of their Geneva discussions.
The two sides held their first round of negotiations in Moscow on May 19-21, which was described as a "success."
Signed in 1991, the START treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) obliges Russia and the United States to reduce nuclear warheads to 6,000 and their delivery vehicles to 1,600 each.
The treaty is set to expire on Dec. 5, 2009.
Both sides have expressed willingness to reach a new agreement before the end of the year.