Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2010 - United States Special Weapons News
- Germany locking horns with US over maintaining nuclear deterrence IRNA 27 Feb 2010 -- Germany has been at odds with the US over the need to maintain nuclear deterrence, triggering new tensions in transatlantic relations.
- Medvedev aide predicts spring signing of U.S.-Russia arms pact RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- A new strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia to replace the expired START 1 treaty may be signed in March or April, a Russian presidential aide said on Friday.
- Moscow pushes for link between new arms deal with U.S. and missile defense RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Moscow expects a new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States to be linked to Washington's plans to deploy missile shield elements in Europe, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
- U.S. ambassador to Russia names four nuke threats to international security RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle named on Wednesday four main nuclear-connected threats to international security.
- Medvedev, Obama to rev up arms control talks RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- The Russian and U.S. presidents will direct their respective delegations to speed up talks on a new arms control agreement, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
- Russian interests 'unaffected' by new arms deal with U.S. RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. arms control treaty will not impair Russia's defense capability, a top Russian military official said Wednesday.
- Russian, U.S. lawmakers split by missile shield in new START pact RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia's parliament is unlikely to ratify a new strategic arms reduction deal that does not include a link to missile defenses, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday after U.S. colleagues warned such a link would not get past the Senate.
- Missile defense restraints unlikely in Russian-U.S. arms treaty - Kosachyov RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. arms reduction treaty is unlikely to contain any missile defense restrictions, a senior Russian lawmaker told journalists on Wednesday.
- Russia, U.S. might agree on new arms deal in few weeks - lawmaker RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the United States may agree on a new arms reduction treaty after a phone conversation between the two presidents to take place soon, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday.
- Biden Urges Senate To Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty RFE/RL 19 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden says the United States will ask for concrete commitments from other nations to secure their loose nuclear material at a summit this April in Washington.
- Biden: Better Conventional Arms Will Allow Nuclear Drawdown AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- Plans to strengthen conventional U.S. military equipment and warheads will allow the United States to draw down its nuclear arsenal while maintaining deterrence, Vice President Joe Biden said today.
- Biden Argues for Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Stresses No Unilateral Disarmament VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the Obama administration remains committed to the nuclear test ban treaty and efforts to stop the spread of atomic weapons. But, Biden stressed that the United States will not disarm unilaterally.
- U.S. to pump money into nuke stockpile, increase security RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- The United States intends to boost funding for maintaining its nuclear stockpile while stepping up its nuclear deterrent, a top U.S. official said during the Second Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Virginia.
- Russia-U.S. arms talks unaffected by anti-missile plans - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Washington's new missile shield plans for Eastern Europe will not affect nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.
- Russia says U.S. anti-missile shield plans could affect talks on arms cuts pact RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia's top military chief said Moscow looked "negatively" at new U.S. missile defense plans in Eastern Europe that could affect talks on a new nuclear arms cuts treaty.
- Russia, U.S. might sign new arms reduction treaty soon — Lavrov RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. treaty on nuclear arms reduction might be concluded soon on the condition that both sides follow the previously reached agreements, the Russian foreign minister said on Wednesday.
- Russia-U.S. arms cuts treaty must be equal for both — Lavrov RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- A new treaty on nuclear arms reduction between Russia and the United States will not be granting any unilateral benefits, the Russian foreign minister said.
- Europe's Nuclear Deterrent Debated VOA 09 Feb 2010 -- Germany's new coalition government is calling for U.S. nuclear missiles to be removed from Europe.
- Russia says U.S. missile plans hamper nuclear arms cuts talks RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Washington's continued efforts to build a missile defense shield in Europe have complicated nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, Russia's deputy prime minister said on Saturday.
- Russian, U.S. MPs to discuss new arms cuts treaty after April's nuclear summit RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. and Russian members of parliament will meet in Washington to discuss the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the outdated START treaty after a nuclear summit due in the U.S. capital in April, a senior Russian lawmaker has said.
- U.S. gains momentum destroying chemical weapon stockpiles Army News 04 Feb 2010 -- some dating as far back as to the World War I era -- as part of an elaborate, decades-long process slated to be largely completed by 2012, service officials said.
- US, Russian Negotiators Near New Nuclear Treaty VOA 03 Feb 2010 -- A senior U.S. official says American and Russian negotiators meeting in Geneva are closing in on a deal for a key nuclear disarmament treaty, and the United States Senate would likely ratify it.
- Russia, U.S. may sign new arms cuts treaty in March-Apr. - Kremlin RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the United States may sign a nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the outdated START treaty in March or April, the Russian president's aide said on Wednesday.
- Russia, U.S. could sign new arms cuts treaty in March-Apr. - Kremlin RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2010 -- Russia and the U.S. may sign a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in March or April, the Russian president's aide said on Wednesday.
- First month of 2010 chalks up two firsts for Blue Grass Chemical Weapons Destruction Plant Army News 02 Feb 2010 -- The Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) team reached two significant milestones in January with the installation of the final structural steel beam on a key support facility and the first concrete placement in the main processing building of the chemical weapons destruction pilot plant.
- Sweden, Poland Call For Tactical Arms Reduction RFE/RL 02 Feb 2010 -- The foreign ministers of Sweden and Poland are calling on the United States and Russia to sharply reduce their arsenals of tactical nuclear weapons, saying they pose a threat to Europe.
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