Negotiations for START I began in May 1982, although further negotiations on the START process were delayed several times because the terms of the US agreement were deemed non-negotiable by Soviet leaders prior to Gorbachev. President Reagan`s introduction of the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) program in 1983 was considered a threat by the Soviet Union and the Soviets withdrew from setting a timetable for further negotiations. In January 1985, U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Secretary of State Andrei Gromyko discussed a formula for a three-part negotiating strategy that included medium-range forces, strategic defence and missile defence. At the Reykjavik Summit between Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in October 1986, negotiations on the implementation of the START programme were accelerated. Negotiations focused on the reduction of strategic armaments when the Treaty on Medium-Range Nuclei was signed in December 1987.  Despite this, in the 1980s, a dramatic nuclear arms race ended essentially in 1991 with the maintenance of nuclear parity at a level of more than ten thousand strategic warheads on both sides. We have one of the most frequent energy reserves in the world, enough to lift America`s poorest working people out of poverty. But as part of this agreement, we are effectively locking up these reserves and taking the great wealth of our nation – it is a great wealth, it is a phenomenal wealth.
Not so long ago, we had no idea that we had such wealth and that we were leaving millions and millions of families trapped in poverty and unemployment. If the obstructionists want to end up with me, let`s make them non-obstructionists. We`re all going to sit down together, and we`re going to get back to the deal. And we will do it well, and we will not close our factories, and we will not lose our jobs. And we will meet with the Democrats and all the people who represent either the Paris agreement or something we can do, much better than the Paris agreement. And I think the people of our country will be delighted, and I think the people of the world will be delighted. But until we did, we came out of the agreement. In February 2020, the Trump administration announced its intention to continue negotiations on nuclear weapons control with Russia, which have not taken place since Pompeo`s declaration that talks on renewing the new START had begun.  July 2020, USA