Pompeo says U.S., Russia have made progress on arms control

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S. August 5, 2020. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States had made progress with Russia on nuclear arms control recently and hopes China will decide to join the discussions.

“In the last handful of months, we’ve been working diligently to get the three nations that have the largest nuclear capabilities - the United States, Russia and China - to have strategic dialogue about how we move forward together to decrease the risk to the world,” Pompeo told reporters.

“We’ve made progress with the Russians; we’ve had two good gatherings. I hope we’ll have one before too long, and we’re hopeful that the Chinese will choose to participate,” he added.

Reporting By Matt Spetalnick, David Brunnstrom and Humeyra Pamuk