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U.S. and Russia Sign START Treaty to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

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.

 

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2:41AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Good start!

No war! No Nuclear Weapon! Love and Peace!

11:23PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

I just can't wait till START becomes FINISHED, and they are all gone.

7:38PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Yessss....get rid of all of them !!!

1:00PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Great step forward

7:46PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Hope we can work together

11:45AM PST on Jan 21, 2011

Keep praying!!

8:49AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

A big step for the 2 nations and a jump of flea for the humanity, since nuclear threat remains present and in my view will remain it as long as the military-industrial complex will not stipulate of a more efficient weapon, or as the humanity stops any warmongering, and that's not going to happen in a hurry.

12:44PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Thanks for the post. Well at least it is a start!

10:26PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

fully agree with Elise and Marianna

5:32PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Awesome, time we began peace rather than fear and war. Blessings.

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