Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2020 - United States Special Weapons News
- US Nuclear Thinking Seems to Have Moved 50 Years Back, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 30 Nov 2020 -- US thinking in the field of nuclear weapons has moved back some 50 years ago when nuclear weapons use was an acceptable option, and this is a matter of serious concern, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday.
- US F-35 drops nuclear bombs at supersonic speed over Nevada: Video Press TV 24 Nov 2020 -- The US military has released a footage, for the first time, showing a F-35 fighter jet dropping mock nuclear bombs from an internal weapons bay, while flying at supersonic speed over Nevada desert.
- Flight tests to show B61-12 will work on Air Force's newest fighter jet Sandia National Laboratories 23 Nov 2020 -- A mock B61-12's strike in the dusty Nevada desert successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests with the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter jet, demonstrating the bomb's first release from an internal bomb bay at greater than the speed of sound.
- U.S. withdraws from Open Skies Treaty, Russia hopes remaining parties meet commitments People's Daily 23 Nov 2020 -- The United States said on Sunday that it officially withdrew from the Open Skies Treaty, in yet another move to abandon a major international arms control agreement.
- US Exit of Open Skies Treaty: Russia Warns of Tough Response to Washington's 'Dishonest Game' Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- On Sunday, Washington confirmed that it is no longer a party to the Open Skies Treaty. This comes six months after the Trump administration announced that it would withdraw from the agreement, citing Russia's alleged violations of the treaty and non-compliance with its terms, something Moscow has strongly rejected.
- Treaty on Open Skies US Dept. of State 22 Nov 2020 -- "On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies."
- U.S. Officially Withdraws From Open Skies Treaty; Moscow Says 'All Options Are Open To Us' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2020 -- The United States formally withdrew on November 22 from the Open Skies Treaty, an 18-year-old arms control and verification agreement that Washington repeatedly accused Moscow of violating.
- Trump formally withdraws US from Open Skies Treaty Press TV 22 Nov 2020 -- The United States has withdrawn from the Open Skies Treaty that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration's latest move to pull the US out of a global treaty.
- White House Quits Open Skies Treaty Branding it Outdated and Violated by Russia Sputnik 22 Nov 2020 -- The Trump administration announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty in May, accusing Russia of violating its conditions. Moscow dismissed the allegations. With the scrapping of Open Skies as far as the US is concerned, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is now the last major arms control agreement between Russia and the US.
- US to Officially End Participation in Open Skies Treaty on 22 November Sputnik 22 Nov 2020 -- Participation by the US in the Treaty on Open Skies officially ends on Sunday, six months after the administration of US President Donald Trump announced the government's intent to quit the agreement.
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction The White House 12 Nov 2020
- Text of a Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 12 Nov 2020
- Lisa Gordon-Hagerty resigns as chief of US nuclear weapons agency Press TV 07 Nov 2020 -- Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and under secretary of energy for nuclear security has resigned her post effectively immediately.
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