Monday, October 27, 2014

As was manifestly clear even then...

The 'Yawn!' blog entry from March 2010 looked at the New START agreement and was singularly unimpressed despite it being touted by President Obama as "... the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades..." which demonstrated that "... the United States and Russia -- the two largest nuclear powers in the world - also send a clear signal that we intend to lead. By upholding our own commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we strengthen our global efforts to stop the spread of these weapons, and to ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities."

A recent article 'New START: Russia and the United States Increase Deployed Nuclear Arsenals' notes that "... Three and a half years after the New START Treaty entered into force in February 2011, many would probably expect that the United States and Russia had decisively reduced their deployed strategic nuclear weapons.

On the contrary, the latest aggregate treaty data shows that the two nuclear superpowers both increased their deployed nuclear forces compared with March 2014 when the previous count was made.

Russia has increased its deployed weapons the most: by 131 warheads on 23 additional launchers. Russia, who went below the treaty limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads in 2013, is now back above the limit by 93 warheads. And Russia is now counted – get this – as having more strategic warheads deployed than when the treaty first went into force in February 2011! ..."

Not a real shock for anyone paying attention!

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