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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arms Talks End

WASHINGTON -- Russia and the United States ended days of intense arms control talks Thursday sounding determined to bridge gaps but no closer to compromise on U.S. plans for a national missile defense.

U.S. officials - faced with criticism from Moscow, Beijing and elsewhere about efforts to amend a U.S.-Soviet pact allowing each signatory to shield just one site - have been trying to persuade visiting Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and his entourage that the proposed U.S. system would not neutralize Russia's arsenal. But by Thursday Ivanov remained unconvinced.

To go ahead with the so-called National Missile Defense, the Clinton administration must get Russia to agree to amend the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972, which was based on the idea that building defense systems only sparks new arms races as countries amass more missiles to overcome them.