As a White House press briefing on the New START nuclear-reductions treaty with Russia gets underway, here’s a factsheet the White House sent out about what
As a White House press briefing on the New START nuclear-reductions treaty with Russia gets underway, here’s a factsheet the White House sent out about what specifically the deal contains:
The new Treaty will contain limits on U.S. and Russian nuclear forces significantly below the levels established by the START treaty signed in 1991, and the Moscow Treaty signed in 2002. The new START Treaty will specify limits of:
· 1,550 deployed warheads, which is about 30% lower than the upper warhead limit of the Moscow Treaty;
· 800 deployed and non-deployed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers, submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers, and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear weapons; and
· 700 for deployed ICBMs, SLBMs, and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear weapons.
The New START treaty’s verification regime will provide the ability to monitor all aspects of the Treaty. At the same time, the inspections and other verification procedures in this Treaty will be simpler and less costly to implement than the old START treaty. In part, this is possible due to the experience and knowledge gained from 15 years of START implementation.
President Obama said from the White House podium just now: “Today, we have reached agreement on one of my Administration’s top priorities – a pivotal new arms control agreement.” Good luck getting 67 votes in the Senate for anything, though, especially from Republicans on a top Obama priority.
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