US, Russia comply with nuclear arms deal limits

Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland off the coast of Florida

The United States says it has reduced its deployed nuclear warheads to 1,393.

The START treaty came into force in 2011 and extends for seven years, at the end of which each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and strategic bombers, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed missile launchers. Russia confirms its firm commitment to the treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) and urges the United States to continue the search for mutually acceptable solutions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Through a statement, Russian Federation says they have conformed to their adherence to the New START Treaty. As at February 5, 2018 our aggregate potential is as follows: "527 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles and deployed heavy bombers; 1,444 warheads on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles and deployed heavy bombers; 779 deployed and non-deployed ballistic missile launchers, operational and non-deployed submarine-based ballistic missile launchers and deployed and non-deployed heavy bombers", the Foreign Ministry said.

Last year, Trump derided New START as one of the "bad deals" made by former President Obama, saying it was "one-sided".

Monday's deadline to comply with the reductions in the treaty comes days after the Trump administration released its Nuclear Posture Review, which focuses heavily on Russian Federation.

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Yet when President Trump called on Congress to "modernize and rebuild our nuclear arsenal" in his State of the Union address last week, he did not mention his administration's rationale: that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation has accelerated a unsafe game that the United States must match, even if the price tag soars above $1.2 trillion. The new policy calls for expanding US nuclear capabilities, with an eye on countering Russia's growing nuclear power.

"Russia takes into account the United States' declaration it has achieved the agreed aggregate levels of strategic offensive arms", the statement runs.

"The United States will continue to fully implement the New START Treaty and remains committed to working with others, including the Russian Federation, to create the conditions to support the ultimate goal of the global elimination of nuclear weapons", she said.

"An indestructible connection between strategic offensive arms and missile defense is noted in the preamble of the current START Treaty", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told leading Russian daily Izvestia.

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