Joe Biden’s administration intends to seek an extension of the Treaty on Measures to Further Reduce and Limit Strategic Offensive Arms (START III).
This was stated at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Anthony Blinken, who was nominated by the US President-elect Joseph Biden for the post of US Secretary of State.
“I think that we will seek to extend the term of the agreement,” he said. “We will deal with this issue almost immediately after Joseph Biden takes over as president, since the treaty will expire in about 16 days.”
“I can assure you that we will very quickly start discussing this issue and I can only say that at the moment we will seek to extend the term of the agreement,” added Blinken.
However, he declined to specify for how long Biden would like to extend START.
“I can tell you right now: we will seek an extension, the president-elect must decide on the date,” said the candidate for the post of US Secretary of State.
Russia and the United States signed the START Treaty in 2010. The agreement remains in effect until February 5, 2021, unless superseded by a subsequent agreement.