New Start Nuclear Arms Control Treaty

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New Start Nuclear Arms Control Treaty

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- II – International relations

In news 

  • United States has extended the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) nuclear arms control treaty with Russia for five years.

Key takeaways

  • USA President and his Russian counterpart reportedly discussed it and subsequently, Russian President signed it into law on Friday.
  • It is a treaty on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms.
  • It came into force on 5th February, 2011.
  • It is a successor to the START framework of 1991 (at the end of the Cold War) that limited both sides to 1,600 strategic delivery vehicles and 6,000 warheads.
  • It continues the process of verifiably reducing the USA and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals by limiting both sides to 700 strategic launchers and 1,550 warheads.

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  • Russia proposes to Extend New START Treaty: Click here

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