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April 16, 2015 10:11 am

US to Cut Nuclear Warheads Under Arms Treaty With Russia

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US nuclear warheads counted under the treaty when from 1,642 to 1,597. Photo: Zach Rudisin via Wikimedia Commons.

Washington Free Beacon – Despite nuclear saber-rattling by Moscow, US nuclear forces are close to reaching warhead, missile, and bomber numerical cuts required under the 2010 New START arms treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

US nuclear warheads counted under the treaty with Russia were reduced from 1,642 to 1,597 between Sept. 1 and March 1, said Robert Scher, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities.

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