Senior arms control official resigns from State Department, aides say

Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell, a former State Department senior advisor, spoke with the Washington Post about the departure of Yleem Poblete, the assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance.

“While the State Department can hardly afford to lose another senior leader, it is not clear that Assistant Secretary Poblete was contributing to the advancement of arms control in a helpful or substantive way,” said Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and nonproliferation and a former Obama administration official. “The recent debacle involving the sloppy and politically charged summary of the unclassified 2019 Compliance Report is an example of that.”

“The Trump administration should immediately move to appoint a qualified, seasoned expert to the position,” she added. Read more