Nearing a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Good news on the international front: the U.S. and the Russian Federation are nearing a new nuclear weapons reduction treaty to take the place of the expired START treaty. According to Reuters,

“A top U.S. official indicated earlier this month that they would resume on January 25, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday he expected an agreement would be reached soon once negotiations resume at the beginning of February.”

It is expected that the new treaty would “nuclear warheads on each side to between 1,500 and 1,675, and the number of delivery vehicles [e.g. airplane, submarine-, or silo-based missiles] to between 500 and 1,100.”

It’s not clear what will happen with the proposed U.S. missile defense system. It’s been a thorn in the side of U.S.-Russian relations since the Bush administration announced their pursuit of said systems, and President Obama has been played a cool hand on whether or not they would be further pursued.

Either way, we still have more than enough nukes to kill every person on the face of the earth. Having less is better for everyone.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.