Pinning Down a Disarmament Deal
Posted on Mar 26, 2010
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have agreed on final terms for a new nuclear arms reduction agreement, a successor to the START treaty of 1991. The new deal will remove about a third of the warheads deployed by each country.
Even with the new reductions, the two countries will have about 3,000 nuclear-tipped missiles between them, mostly pointed at each other. —JCL
Barack Obama, the US president, and Dmitry Medvedev, his Russian counterpart, have finalised the terms of a new nuclear arms reduction agreement.
The two leaders approved the deal for a successor to the landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start), which will cut the amount of missiles deployed by both countries by one third, following a telephone conversation on Friday.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said: “With this agreement, the United States and Russia, the two largest nuclear powers in the world, also send a clear signal that we intend to lead.
President George H.W. Bush, seated at left, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ink the original START deal in 1991.