JRL NEWSWATCH: “Top general wants key nuclear pact with Russia expanded to include new weapons” – Washington Post/ Paul Sonne

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“The top general in charge of the American nuclear arsenal said he would like to see the primary arms-control treaty between the United States and Russia grow to encompass all nuclear weapons … as … Trump considers whether to renew the agreement. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said the New START treaty benefits the American military by capping Russia’s baseline strategic nuclear force and offering ‘unbelievably important’ insight, through inspections, into what Russia is doing. But Hyten warned that many of the nuclear systems Russia is introducing – including a thermonuclear torpedo and a hypersonic glide vehicle that President Vladimir Putin has touted in the past year – fall outside the restrictions of the treaty. So does Russia’s vast arsenal of small nuclear arms sometimes described as ‘battlefield’ or ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons. …”

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