WASHINGTON — Nuclear-weapons experts responded to new data showing that in recent months the U.S. strategic stockpile increased — despite plans for it to decrease under the 2011 New START agreement — with a collective shrug.
Since the beginning of March, the United States has marginally increased the number of deployed nuclear weapons and launcher vehicles it holds, according to updated New START figures released by the U.S. State Department on Tuesday. The new compliance data shows that as of Sept. 1, Russia continued to outpace the United States in reducing the number of strategic arms it holds under the treaty.
â€œTo me itâ€™s no big deal, numbers, up numbers down,â€� said John Isaacs, executive director of the Council for a Livable World, which advocates for reducing U.S. nuclear weapons. â€œEveryone certainly is in compliance with the treaty.â€�
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