Wednesday, March 24, 2010

US, Russia close on historic nuclear weapons control treaty

From Bill Boushka
The United States and Russia have reached agreement on most parts of a nuclear weapons arms reduction treaty of historic proportions, and would be signed in Prague, according to various sources, including AP and Reuters (the latter here). However President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would still need to meet, an event slowed by the US health care debate.

Arms reduction, seemingly a chestnut from the Cold War, is still important in reining in on the "loose nukes" or radiological materials that could wind up in the hands of Al Qaeda some day, a goal pushed by the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The formal name is the U.S. Soviet (Russia) Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START-1, as explained here by NTI (link).

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