Moving forward next round of formal us russian

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Moving Forward next round of formal U.S.-Russian negotiations will not begin until New START enters into force, but Washington and Moscow might conduct consultations now with a view to preparing the way for those negotiations. might begin to work out a common system for categorizing nuclear weapons and disclose to one another the number of nuclear weapons in their arsenals, perhaps broken down into some basic categories. might begin discussing concepts for verifying possible future limits on nonstrategic and nondeployed strategic warheads. Such consultations would help the sides prepare the ground for formal negotiations. An agreement along these lines would offer a logical follow-on to New START. Although the reduction in deployed strategic warheads to 1,000 might not be as dramatic as some would hope, it would be in the context of a new, overall limit of 2,500. That would mean a 50 percent cut in U.S. nuclear weapons from current levels and a larger percentage reduction on the Russian side. agreement would offer important benefits for U.S. national security. It would reduce and limit Russian nuclear forces, provide a monitoring regime that would give important transparency regarding Russian nuclear forces allow the United States to maintain a robust and effective nuclear deterrent enhance the U.S. position for pressing to strengthen the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and contribute to a more positive U.S.-Russian relationship
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The Mushroom Cloud That Wasn’t  17:53 At the height of the Cold War, almost no one was bold enough or foolish enough to predict the Soviet Union's collapse, let alone without the eruption of a nuclear exchange between the two superpowers. George Kennan prophesied its demise Worried about a nuclear cataclysm warnings of an impending nuclear catastrophe are still very much alive. fear of Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and terrorist groups seeking to carry out catastrophic attacks against soft targets in the United States. Not a single death has occurred as a result of nuclear terrorism It is not easy for terrorist groups to acquire the skills and materials necessary to construct a nuclear weapon. Washington and Moscow have reduced their nuclear arsenals by 34,000 weapons over the past two decades, nuclear testing is now rare warnings of the possibility ofnuclear, chemical, or biological weaponsattacks are as loud as ever. These warningsmust be put in perspective. The UnitedStates has managed to remain safe fromnuclear catastrophes in far more dangerous times. Threat has been greatly exaggerated=crying wolf Anxieties expressed in Nitze's report-known as NSC-68-were reasonable given that the Soviet Union had conducted its first nuclear test in August 1949, Mao Zedong had just taken over mainland China, and the Korean War, which was to begin in June 195o, was already brewing.
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