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US-Russia Nuclear Weapons Treaty Misses Historic Opportunity for Deep Cuts...
24 May 2002
U.S.-Russia Nuclear Weapons Treaty Misses Historic Opportunity for Deep Cuts in Both Nation's Arsenals. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matt Bivens, former editor at The Moscow Times, and the Nation Magazine's online Failsafe Point columnist.
U.S.-Russia Nuclear Weapons Treaty Misses Historic Opportunity for Deep Cuts in Both Nation's Arsenals.

Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris

The nuclear weapons reduction treaty that will be signed in Moscow by presidents Bush and Putin on May 24, has been billed by some in the administration as an official end to the Cold War. The agreement will reduce the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons on both sides by two-thirds over the next decade, cutting the current number of missiles, of between 5,000 and 6,000, to levels between 1,700 and 2,200. But the treaty also allows each side to store, rather than destroy de-activated weapons, permitting them to be re-activated on short notice.

This agreement is being signed as the Bush administration moves forward with its plan to build an anti-missile defense system, necessitating a U.S. pull out from the ABM treaty -- while the White House proposes developing new low-yield battlefield nuclear weapons. The Pentagon is also getting ready to increase its spending by more than $30 billion over the next five years, to upgrade U.S. nuclear weapons programs. Arms control advocates caution that while reductions of nuclear weapons are all to the good, this treaty misses an historic opportunity to make more dramatic cuts in both nation's arsenals and lead the world's other current and future nuclear powers toward effective disarmament.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Matt Bivens, former editor at The Moscow Times, and the Nation Magazine's online Failsafe Point columnist, who takes a critical look at this latest nuclear weapons reduction treaty and the continuing dangers posed by Russia's loose nuclear weapons and both sides' tactical weapons not addressed in the treaty agreement.

Read Matt Bivens' column The Failsafe Point on the Nation's Web site at: www.thenation.com

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