New Start Nuclear Arms Treaty still being debated in the SenateDecember 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Remote Sensing Law | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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New Start would cap Russian and U.S. deployed strategic arsenals at 1,550 warheads apiece, about a third less than current limits. It also would resume on-site inspections of U.S. and Russian nuclear-weapons facilities, which ended a year ago as the original Start expired.
Critics of the treaty question whether it has sufficient verification procedures to ensure Russia isn’t cheating. Some senators also have used the debate to voice concerns that the U.S. nuclear arsenal needs modernizing. The White House says it has addressed these concerns.
Supporters say the pact is crucial to U.S. national security, ensuring the inspections of Russian nuclear sites and promoting a good relationship with Russia, which could help face down Iran and its nuclear ambitions.