Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2019 - United States Special Weapons News
- Stratcom Commander: Modernizing Nuclear Triad Critical to Defense DoD News 26 Feb 2019 -- The nuclear triad, which is composed of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers, "is the most important element of our national defense, and we have to make sure that we're always ready to respond to any threat," the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said today.
- UK, US join countries opposing Russia's plan to expand ban on deadly chemicals Press TV 26 Feb 2019 -- Britain, the United States and 18 other members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have voted down a proposal by Russia to add a broad array of deadly agents to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) arms control treaty.
- Foreign Minister Lavrov says Russia open to talks with US on arms-control pacts Press TV 16 Feb 2019 -- Russia says it is ready for talks to keep in place arms-control treaties with Washington, despite a recent decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from one such agreement.
- US May Be Dragging Out Time Until New START Treaty Expires - Moscow Sputnik 16 Feb 2019 -- There is a growing risk that Washington is dragging out time by refusing to engage in a genuine dialogue on the Strategic Arms Reduction (New START) Treaty, so the sides would fail to extend the accord before its expiration, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.
- Russia to Try to Organise Consultations With US on New START Treaty - Lavrov Sputnik 16 Feb 2019 -- Russia will continue is attempts to hold substantial consultations with the United States on the prolongation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
- United States Files False Claims Act Lawsuit in Connection With MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility Contract US Dept. of Justice 14 Feb 2019 -- The Department of Justice announced today that the United States has filed suit against CB&I AREVA MOX Services LLC (MOX Services) and Wise Services Inc. under the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act in connection with a contract between MOX Services and the National Nuclear Security Administration relating to the design and operation of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at the NNSA Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.
- US Navy's Nuclear Command Aircraft Damaged in Hangar Incident Sputnik 13 Feb 2019 -- On Thursday, the vertical stabilizer at the rear of the US Navy's nuclear command-and-control aircraft struck part of its hangar as it was being towed out and could require millions of dollars in repairs, according to a spokesperson for US Naval Air Forces.
- Russian UN envoy warns of unpredictable results if U.S. destroys arms control system People's Daily 11 Feb 2019 -- The dismantling of an arms control system by the United States might result in unpredictable consequences, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya has said.
- Putin Dismisses Nine Russian Generals RFE/RL 08 Feb 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed nearly a dozen senior military officers holding government positions.
- Russia demands US destroy missiles in Romania, strike drones Press TV 08 Feb 2019 -- Russia has demanded the US destroy its weapons banned under a Cold War-era arms control treaty and return to compliance with the agreement which Washington renounced recently.
- Russia's INF Obligations Suspension Not Related to Arms Race – Upper House Chair Sputnik 08 Feb 2019 -- Russia's decision to respond in kind to the US move to suspend its obligations under the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is not related to the arms race, speaker of the Russian upper house, Valentina Matviyenko, said, noting that ensuring the safety of the country was Moscow's main goal.
- Pentagon Official: No Plans to Develop New Missiles After End of INF Treaty Sputnik 07 Feb 2019 -- The head of Pentagon policy John Rood said that because the US has been in full compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty it has no plans to create or deploy an intermediate range missile system.
- Another Nuclear Deal With U.S. In Trouble, Russian Minister Says RFE/RL 07 Feb 2019 -- Another U.S.-Russian nuclear treaty could soon expire without renewal following Washington's withdrawal from a Cold War-era arms-control pact, a senior Russian diplomat has said.
- Russia Proposes That US Destroy Tomahawk Missile Launchers Falling Under INF Sputnik 07 Feb 2019 -- Washington announced its suspension of obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on 1 February, claiming that it would withdraw from the agreement unless Russia "returns to compliance" within 6 months.
- US May Give President Right to Use Nuclear Warheads Against ICBM Silos - Moscow Sputnik 07 Feb 2019 -- The United States is seeking to give the country's president the option to use low-yield nuclear warheads against intercontinental ballistic missile silos, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.
- Washington Not Contemplating Deploying Nuclear Missiles in Europe - US Official Sputnik 06 Feb 2019 -- The United States is not considering deploying nuclear-tipped missiles in Europe, US Undersecretary of Defence for Policy John Rood told guests at the Hudson Institute on Wednesday.
- US Will Find Response to Russia's Kalibr Missiles - Under Secretary of State Sputnik 06 Feb 2019 -- The Trump administration is confident that it will secure the funds needed to respond appropriately to Russia's development of Kalibr missiles, Under Secretary Andrea Thompson said on Wednesday.
- Minister: Russia to develop new cruise, hypersonic missiles to face US Press TV 05 Feb 2019 -- Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia must develop new missiles in the next two years in response to the US withdrawal from a Cold War-era agreement.
- Moscow Says New Missile Systems Planned To Counter U.S. By 2021 RFE/RL 05 Feb 2019 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow will push to develop two new land-based missile systems before 2021 in response to Washington's planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control agreement.
- Russia Developing More Missile Systems 'Not Helpful' For INF Treaty - Pentagon Sputnik 05 Feb 2019 -- Russia developing additional missile systems is not helpful if Moscow wants to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, US Department of Defence spokesperson Johnny Michael told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- Russia to Develop Ground-Based Kalibr Missiles Amid INF Treaty Row - Minister Sputnik 05 Feb 2019 -- A ground-based version of Kalibr sea-based complexes with a long-range cruise missile should be developed in 2019-2020 in response to the US decision to suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
- Russia plays down prospect of new Cold War with US Press TV 04 Feb 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has played down the possibility of a new Cold War, after the suspension of a landmark nuclear arms control treaty between Washington and Moscow, adding that the withdrawal will have other implications nevertheless.
- Russia to React to US Exit From INF Treaty by Military-Technical Means - Lavrov Sputnik 04 Feb 2019 -- When reacting to the US announcement on Washington suspending its obligations under the INF Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Moscow's proposals remain on the table. Moscow issued a "mirror" response to the US move by suspending its own observance of the treaty.
- "We will wait until our partners are ripe for dialogue": Russia suspends participation in the INF Treaty in response to US actions RT 02 Feb 2019 -- Russia suspends participation in the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) following a similar step by the United States.
- Chinese voices opposition to US suspension of Cold War-era pact with Russia Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- China has opposed a US decision to suspend a landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, a move which prompted Moscow to give a tit-for-tat response.
- China Opposes Washington's Exit From INF Treaty, Calls for US-Russia Dialogue Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will suspend its obligations under the treaty starting Saturday.
- NATO Releases Official Statement of Support Ahead of US INF Withdrawal Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced earlier that the Washington will suspend its obligations under the treaty starting Saturday.
- US Has No Plans to Deploy Nuclear-Armed Systems in Post-INF Europe - Pentagon Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The United States does not have any plans to deploy missiles or nuclear-armed systems in Europe after exiting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, David Trachtenberg, said at a forum.
- U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019 US Dept. of State 02 Feb 2019 -- "On December 4, 2018, the United States announced that the Russian Federation is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an assessment shared by all NATO Allies. The United States also provided notice that unless Russia returned to full and verifiable compliance in 60 days, the United States would suspend its obligations under the Treaty as a consequence for Russia's material breach."
- U.S. announces withdrawal from landmark nuclear treaty with Russia, sparking worry, criticism People's Daily 02 Feb 2019 -- The Trump administration announced on Friday that the United States is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear arms control pact with Russia, a move seen as exacerbating the risk of an international arms race.
- Russia Joins US, Will Suspend INF Nuclear Treaty VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- The United States and Russia are making tit-for-tat moves with their participation in a nuclear treaty, something politicians and analysts see as a burgeoning arms race.
- Russia Suspends INF Deal With US, Putin Directs Ministers Not to Start New Talks Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the United States would suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty on Saturday and begin a six-month withdrawal process.
- Putin authorizes development of advanced missiles in response to US suspension of INF Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended a Cold War-era agreement after the US abandoned, authorizing his military forces to push ahead with development of new missiles.
- US Was Preparing to Produce Missiles Banned Under INF Over Past 2 Years - MoD Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US President Donald Trump has announced the United States would suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty beginning on 2 February and begin a six-month withdrawal process.
- Analysts Call Scrapping INF 'Strategic Catastrophe' for Kremlin VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response to a similar move by the United States on Friday.
- US suspends obligations under INF treaty with Russia: Pompeo Press TV 01 Feb 2019 -- The United States has officially announced the suspension of its participation in a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia over claims that Moscow has been violating the key pact and jeopardizing Washington's security interests.
- Pompeo Announces U.S. Pulling Out Of Nuclear Arms-Control Treaty RFE/RL 01 Feb 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the United States will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as of February 2.
- What You Need to Know About Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Sputnik 01 Feb 2019 -- Last October, US President Donald Trump announced his country's intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) over alleged Russian violations of the agreement, and the start of the withdrawal process may begin on Saturday.
- US Set to Exit Key Arms Treaty, Leaves Door Open for Talks VOA 01 Feb 2019 -- The United States on Friday fired a diplomatic warning shot at Russia, making good on threats to begin its withdrawal from a key arms control agreement and thus taking the next step toward what some politicians and analysts see as a burgeoning arms race.
- Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 01 Feb 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty The White House 01 Feb 2019
- President Donald J. Trump to Withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty The White House 01 Feb 2019
- Statement on Russia's failure to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty NATO 01 Feb 2019 -- "Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty, and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security."
- Europe 'at gunpoint' as US decides to quit missile treaty Press TV 01 Feb 2019 -- Russia has regretted Washington's expected exit from a key arms control treaty, saying the decision to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) has been made a long time ago.
- Russia Hits Back At U.S. Decision To Pull Out Of INF Treaty RFE/RL 01 Feb 2019 -- Russian officials and politicians blasted the U.S. decision to suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, with one lawmaker saying Washington had "taken another step toward its destruction."
- Russia Deploying Additional 9M729 Missiles as US About to Leave INF – Report Sputnik 01 Feb 2019 -- Washington claims that Russia has tested the 9M729 missile at ranges that violate the conditions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing an intelligence report, but has failed to present evidence proving that this is the case. Russia denies the accusations and has its own questions regarding the US' adherence to the accord.
- Moscow: No Evidence of INF Violations as US Suspends Obligations Under Treaty Sputnik 01 Feb 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia in December that it has two months to cease its alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Moscow has denied all accusations and has made counterclaims regarding Washington's own adherence to the accord.
- Zarif says Trump's INF withdrawal proves any deal with US not worth the ink Press TV 01 Feb 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States' decision to suspend its compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia sends the message that any deal with the US government is not worth the ink, even treaties ratified by the Congress.
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