U.S. and Russia Sign START Treaty to Reduce Nuclear Weapons
The U.S. and Russia signed a new START treaty moving us all one step closer to a nuclear free world! Care2, Countdown to Zero and a coallition of non-profits worked together to mobilize people around this crucial issue. Thanks to your help and involvement, the new treaty was passed by the U.S. Senate in early December.
The original START 1 treaty expired on December 5, 2009. This treaty limited the number of nuclear weapons each country could have. President Obama and President Medvedev signed the new treaty in April 2010. This treaty will last for 10 years, with a chance to reevaluate after 5 years.
The U.S. and Russia hold 95% of the worlds’ nuclear weapons. Thankfully, the START treaty reduces the number of deployed nuclear warheads that the U.S. and Russia can have from 2,200 to 1,559. It also reduces the number of nuclear-capable submarines, long-range missiles and heavy bombers. It allows each country to be able to monitor the other’s weaponry at any point to ensure all aspects of the treaty are being carried out. This treaty moves us one step closer to eliminating nuclear weapons all together, ultimately making our world a bit safer.
The new START treaty is a big step in the right direction and is of great importance for our generation and those to come! Thank you for being part of the effort.
Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy