Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2019 - United States Special Weapons News
- U.S. Senators Request Intelligence Review On Not Extending Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia RFE/RL 17 Dec 2019 -- Three U.S. senators have asked Joseph Maguire, the acting director of National Intelligence, to conduct an impact assessment of how Russia and China would react if Washington withdraws from the last remaining nuclear arms treaty with Russia.
- US Plans to Test Two New Missiles Banned By INF Treaty By Year-End - Russian Military Sputnik 16 Dec 2019 -- The United States plans to carry out test launches of two new medium-range missiles that were previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty before the end of this year, Russian Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakaev said on Sunday.
- Can Russia And The U.S. Agree To Keep A Lid On Their Nuclear Arsenals? RFE/RL 15 Dec 2019 -- One major Cold War-era weapons treaty has collapsed. Another, aimed at building trust among the United States, Russia, and other countries, is under severe strain. Washington and Moscow are modernizing their arsenals, building new, more advanced weapons.
- U.S. missile test proves again its withdrawal from INF treaty premeditated: spokesperson People's Daily 14 Dec 2019 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday the latest U.S. ballistic missile test proves again that the country's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was premeditated.
- Russia, China slam US 'malicious' intention' over missile test Press TV 14 Dec 2019 -- Two major world powers and strategic partners, Russia and China, say the United States' recent test launch of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile clearly indicates Washington's "malicious intention" for the demise of a landmark arms control treaty with Moscow.
- Boeing Declines to Participate in Pentagon's Multibillion-Dollar ICBM Program - Reports Sputnik 14 Dec 2019 -- The Pentagon intends to modernise the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, the programme is estimated to cost $85 billion, according to reports.
- US tests ballistic missile over Pacific after INF treaty exit Press TV 13 Dec 2019 -- The US Defense Department has tested a medium-range ballistic missile, the second test in four months of an offensive missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that Washington exited in August.
- U.S. Tests Ballistic Missile After Exit From INF Treaty RFE/RL 13 Dec 2019 -- The United States flight-tested an intermediate-range, ground-based ballistic missile on December 12, the second test in four months that would have been banned under a U.S.-Russia arms treaty from which Washington withdrew in August.
- Pentagon's Statements Prove US Started Developing INF-Banned Missiles Before Leaving Deal - Beijing Sputnik 13 Dec 2019 -- The day before, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper praised the successful test of the INF-banned ground-based missile, noting that it had taken less than nine months, instead of the usual two years, to go from concept to launch.
- US Test of INF-Banned Missile is Proof Washington Has Long Sought to Destroy the Treaty - Kremlin Sputnik 13 Dec 2019 -- The Kremlin believes that Washington's recent test of a ballistic missile banned by the collapsed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is a proof that the Unites States has long aimed at destroying the deal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
- Vandenberg AFB supports missile flight test US Air Force 13 Dec 2019 -- A flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured, ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base Dec. 12.
- DOD Tests Prototype Conventionally-Configured Ground-Launched Ballistic Missile DoD 12 Dec 2019 -- On Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time, the U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Strategic Capabilities Office, conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
- US Has Carried Out Test of Medium-Range Missile - Pentagon Sputnik 12 Dec 2019 -- The US resumed testing of ground-based medium-range nuclear-capable missiles earlier this year after scrapping its commitment to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a landmark strategic arms reduction agreement aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear war in Europe.
- US to Work With Allies on Possible Deployments of Intermediate-Range Missiles - Esper Sputnik 13 Dec 2019 -- The United States will closely work with its allies on possible deployments of intermediate-range ballistic missiles, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper told reporters.
- UN Chief Calls for New Arms Control Treaty in Wake of US Missile Test Sputnik 13 Dec 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a new arms control agreement following the United States' testing of a ballistic missile previously banned by the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, said UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq.
- Amid Trump Impeachment Fury, US and Russia Expected to Talk Arms Control VOA 09 Dec 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov heads to Washington for hastily scheduled meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and, possibly, President Donald Trump, on Tuesday.
- Russia vows to respond in kind if US deploys INF-covered missiles in Europe Press TV 06 Dec 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his country will not hesitate to respond to any new deployment of medium-range missiles by the United States in Europe.
- Russia ready to extend New START treaty by year-end: Putin Press TV 05 Dec 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is ready to "immediately" extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty "without any preconditions" by the end of the year.
- Putin Says Russia Is Ready to Extend New START Treaty Without Conditions By Year-End Sputnik 05 Dec 2019 -- The New START treaty between Russia and the US was signed in 2010 and expires in 2021. It regulates the number of nuclear warheads each of the countries can have.
- Final CALCM missile package retired US Air Force 04 Dec 2019 -- The sun has set on an integral component of the United States' long-range strategic bombing capabilities, as the final Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile package was downloaded and disassembled at Barksdale Air Force Base, Nov. 20.
- Kremlin Favours New Arms Deal Involving Many States Amid Trump's Comments on INF Sputnik 04 Dec 2019 -- Speaking at a NATO summit taking place in London this week, President Trump accused Russia of failing to live up to the INF treaty, calling the accord 'unfair' and 'obsolete'.
- Senate Democrats Fear New START Treaty Could 'Blow Up' If Trump Makes China Participation Essential RFE/RL 03 Dec 2019 -- Senate Democrats have warned that failing to extend the last remaining nuclear arms treaty with Russia would hurt U.S. national security and lead to an arms race, which could widen the already large federal deficit.
- State Department Says US May Announce Plans on New Start Treaty With Russia Soon Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- Last month, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the extension of the Russian-US Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) is the only way to avoid further erosion of arms control and 'prevent strategic stability degradation.'
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