- The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) is a treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms.
Details about the Treaty
- It entered into force on 5 th February, 2011.
- It is a successor to the START framework of 1991 (at the end of the Cold War) that limited both sides to 1,600 strategic delivery vehicles and 6,000 warheads.
- The USA has been worried that extending New Start would negatively impact an arms deal with China and Russia.
- It is concerned that China’s nuclear stockpile could be doubled if the New Start Treaty continued as is, without including China.
- The New Start Treaty also suffered from verification inadequacies and that the U.S. intended to establish a new arms control regime which would include China.