U.S. Chief Arms Control Officer Marshall Billingslea said Tuesday that a “gentlemen`s agreement” had been reached “at the highest level” to extend the new START treaty, including a freeze on U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. The agreement also allows each country to often review the other`s arsenal to ensure that the rules are respected. “That`s why I gave up my trip to Asia and made a Beeline for Helsinki when the Russians called to sit down,” Billingslea said. “And I hope that this type of gentlemen`s agreement, this agreement which, in my opinion, has been concluded, as I said, will finally have to go through its system at the highest level, so that my opponent is, I hope, allowed to negotiate.” On February 2, President Obama gave a series of assurances to the U.S. Senate regarding the implementation of the new START agreement. He reiterated that the United States is technically capable of implementing the treaty`s surveillance conditions, that the modernization of the U.S. nuclear triangle will remain a top priority in the coming years, and that the agreement will not require the United States to share flight data from missile captures or anti-missile and target missile tests.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reaffirmed the need to begin talks on reducing tactical nuclear weapons within a year of the new START pact. Condition 12 stipulates that no later than one year after the new START Treaty enters into force, the United States will attempt to enter into negotiations with the Russian Federation for an agreement to address the gap between non-strategic (tactical) nuclear weapons of the Russian Federation and the United States. Condition 9 is the U.S. commitment to ensure the safety, reliability and performance of its nuclear arsenal at the level of the new START treaty. Statement 12 states that the United States is committed to maintaining and modernizing its nuclear weapons production capabilities and capabilities and has the right to ensure the security, reliability and performance of the long life of American nuclear life. Declaration 6 on the classic global strike describes the intention to develop conventionally armed strategic weapons systems. On 17 July, the Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Rybakov. The meeting stressed the need to create a long-term bilateral agreement between the two countries.