Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2020 - United States Special Weapons News
- AFNWC team supports ICBM test launch US Air Force 29 Oct 2020 -- A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure this safe, secure, effective nuclear deterrent is ready every day to defend the United States and its allies.
- US Says Ready to Deploy Ballistic Missiles in Europe to Deter Russia Sputnik 28 Oct 2020 -- The United States will deploy its ballistic missiles in Europe if necessary to deter Russia, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said on Wednesday.
- Moscow Says Those Ignoring Putin's INF Offer Show Irresponsible Approach to European Security Sputnik 28 Oct 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Monday that US exit from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was a "grave mistake" which creates the risk of a renewal of the nuclear arms race.
- US INF withdrawal increases risk of renewed nuclear arms race: Putin Press TV 26 Oct 2020 -- President Vladimir Putin of Russia says the United States' last year "grave mistake" in abandoning a landmark nuclear treaty with Moscow threatens the world with the risk of another nuclear arms race as the Kremlin puts forth a proposal to negotiate new verification measures with Washington.
- Russia says US not willing to meet halfway to extend nuclear arms treaty Press TV 23 Oct 2020 -- Russia says the United States is refusing to meet halfway to extend the last remaining bilateral nuclear arms agreement between the two countries, the New START treaty.
- Russia Cites Challenges To Reaching New START Extension With U.S. RFE/RL 23 Oct 2020 -- The Kremlin says a possible one-year extension of the New START arms-control treaty beyond its current expiration in February would be aimed at buying time for the two sides to reach a new agreement instead of prolonging the current accord.
- U.S., Russia move closer on nuclear arms control deal, but differences remain People's Daily 22 Oct 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday pressed for immediate negotiations between Washington and Moscow to finalize a verifiable agreement as the two sides seem moving closer to extend a key nuclear arms control treaty.
- Russia seeks to continue dialogue with U.S. on nuclear treaty People's Daily 22 Oct 2020 -- Russia on Wednesday confirmed its readiness to continue negotiations with the United States on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).
- Kremlin Hopes New START Treaty Will Be Extended For One Year, Disagreements Overcome Sputnik 22 Oct 2020 -- On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow, addressed issues regarding the extension of the New START Treaty. The president called on the US to "work together and search for a solution", while noting that if "our partners decide that it is not needed", "the security of Russia â€” will not be affected".
- As Clock Ticks, Washington and Moscow Tiptoe Toward Extension Of Nuclear Arms Pact RFE/RL 21 Oct 2020 -- Are Russia and the United States on the verge of saving the last major arms-control treaty, keeping a lid on the world's two largest nuclear arsenals and staving off the possibility of an all-out arms race?
- US, Russia Close to Arms Control Deal, Long-Term START Treaty Talks May Follow, Envoy Says Sputnik 21 Oct 2020 -- The United States and Russia are "very close" to an arms control agreement that may lead to negotiations on a long-term deal, US Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters on Wednesday.
- Russia ready to freeze nuclear warheads along with U.S. to extend arms treaty People's Daily 21 Oct 2020 -- The time gained from the extension of the treaty can be used to conduct comprehensive bilateral negotiations.
- Progress on New START US Dept. of State 20 Oct 2020
- US, Russia Signal Willingness to Extend Nuclear Arms Pact VOA 20 Oct 2020 -- The U.S. and Russia signaled their willingness Tuesday to reach a new deal on nuclear arms control by working toward a freeze on warhead arsenals for a year past the February expiration of the current weapons pact.
- U.S. Ready To Meet 'Immediately' With Russia Over Extending Nuclear Weapons Accord RFE/RL 20 Oct 2020 -- The United States says it is prepared to meet "immediately" with Russia to finalize a deal to extend their last major arms-control treaty, New START, by one year after Moscow backed a U.S. proposal to freeze its total number of nuclear warheads if Washington does the same.
- Pentagon Estimates New Nuclear-Armed ICBM Arsenal Will Cost $95.8 Billion Sputnik 20 Oct 2020 -- The Pentagon said on Monday that the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the nuclear missile system that will replace the Minuteman III arsenal by the end of the decade, will cost roughly $95.8 billion.
- Russia offers mutual 1-year freeze on N-warheads to facilitate extension of treaty with US Press TV 20 Oct 2020 -- Russia has offered to put a one-year freeze on the number of its nuclear warheads in return for a similar freeze on the number of the United States' atomic warheads to facilitate a one-year extension of the last nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries.
- Foreign Ministry statement on New START Treaty Extension Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 20 Oct 2020 -- "We have received no official response from the United States to our Note dated October 16 which contains the proposal put forward by President Vladimir Putin to extend the New START Treaty for one year. We have noticed only some comments made by U.S. officials on social media platforms. Given contradictory reactions to the actual situation, we want to clarify."
- Kremlin Would Prefer to Hear US Readiness to Extend New START, Presidential Spokesman Says Sputnik 19 Oct 2020 -- The Kremlin would prefer the United States to announce its readiness to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), as giving up on the deal could have a negative impact on the entire world, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
- US rejects Putin's proposal on New START extension Global Times 17 Oct 2020 -- The White House on Friday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal earlier in the day to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for at least one year without conditions.
- U.S. Rejects Putin's Proposal On Nuclear Disarmament Treaty As 'Nonstarter' RFE/RL 17 Oct 2020 -- The United States says Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal to extend the New START nuclear disarmament treaty without freezing nuclear warheads is a "nonstarter."
- US Negotiator Accuses Russia of 'Backtracking' on Nuclear Agreement Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- US Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea on Friday called it a disappointment that Russia "backtracked" on the American proposal to conclude an agreement that would cover all nuclear warheads.
- Putin proposes Russia, US extend arms control treaty for year Press TV 16 Oct 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Russia and the United States extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty without any preconditions for at least one year.
- Putin Proposes Extension Of New START Treaty For One Year Without Conditions RFE/RL 16 Oct 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed extending a bilateral nuclear disarmament treaty with the United States for one year without preconditions to keep it from expiring early next year and allow talks to revive it to continue.
- U.S. touts progress on New START extension, but Russia disagrees People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington would welcome an agreement based on understandings reached recently with Moscow to extend a key arms control treaty.
- US ready to extend arms control pact with Russia: Pompeo Press TV 14 Oct 2020 -- US secretary of state says his country is ready to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty after expiration.
- Russia rejects conditional US offer to extend New START Press TV 14 Oct 2020 -- Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has rejected as "unacceptable" a proposal by the United States to condition the extension of the New START arms control treaty on the freezing of Russian and US nuclear weapons at the current levels.
- Russia Ready to Include 2 Out of 5 New Weapons in New START Treaty, FM Lavrov Says Sputnik 14 Oct 2020 -- Russia is ready to include two weapons out of five in the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the United States, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- Russia Sees 'No Prospects' For Extending Nuclear Pact With U.S. RFE/RL 14 Oct 2020 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow doesn't see any prospects for extending the New START arms-control treaty with the United States, though it plans to carry on with negotiations on the subject.
- Kremlin not optimistic about nuclear arms talks with US Press TV 07 Oct 2020 -- The Kremlin says it saw no cause for optimism in Russia's talks with the United States over the New START treaty, the last remaining bilateral nuclear arms agreement.
- U.S., Russian Officials Hold Arms-Control Talks In Finland RFE/RL 05 Oct 2020 -- Negotiators from Russia and the United States have met in the Finnish capital for a new round of arms-control talks as the two powers' last remaining bilateral nuclear arms pact is due to expire early next year.
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