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Subject: START III talks succeeded
Alexis    3/26/2010 2:11:21 PM
h**p:// The new Russia-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty stipulates that the two states reduce their nuclear arsenals to the agreed levels in seven years, the chief of the Russian General Staff said on Friday. "The main result of negotiations is a cut of more than 30% in Russian and U.S. strategic offensive weapons. The treaty will have a validity term of ten years, and the established parameters are to be reached within seven years," Gen. Nikolai Makarov said. Under the treaty, the number of nuclear warheads is to be reduced to 1,550 on each side. The number of delivery vehicles - deployed and non-deployed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers, submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers, and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear weapons - must not exceed 800 on each side. The treaty also stipulates that strategic offensive weapons are to be based solely on the national territories of Russia and the United States. "The agreements lift mutual concerns and meet Russia's interests in full," Makarov said. The deal is to be signed by the presidents of Russia and the U.S. on April 8 in Prague. The signed deal has to be ratified by the parliaments of the two states in order to come into effect.
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Alexis       3/26/2010 2:26:29 PM
(Sorry about this triple posting. SYSOP, could you please erase the two useless copies?)
Has this treaty any importance other than pure communication / propaganda?
1. It changes little to the stockpiles of each party. Russia and the United States will be under no treaty obligation to reduce their "non-deployed" stockpiles, which for each country are in the thousands of strategic nuclear weapons and come on top of the agreed target of 1,550 each. The large stockpiles of tactical nuclear weapons of each party will remain untouched. Each of those too can be expected to retain an arsenal closer to 10,000 than to 5,000 weapons
2. As a consequence, the USA and Russia together will continue to hold 90+% of all nuclear weapons between them. While countries such as France, China or Britain maintain 200 to 300 operational weapons each, and little if any "non-deployed" stockpile, and countries such as India or Israel even less, Russia and the US in more than 20 years since the end of the Cold War have not been able to agree on any reduction of their arsenals to a level approaching in any way a strict deterrence level (such as e.g. 1,000 weapons each, strategic + tactical, deployed and non-deployed total), which would still be more than enough to deter any large-scale agression
3. WHY exactly do they continue to hold that many weapons is the big question mark...
- Prestige?
- Entrenched interests of military-industrial complex?
- Sincere will to remain able to wage an extended nuclear war against each other?
- They have secret knowledge that E.Ts are soon to invade, and want to be prepared?
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