Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Anti-missile treaty excludes rail-carried ICBMs 'Should Russia again deploy them, they would not be counted'

The anti-missile treaty signed recently by the United States and Russia neither covers Russia's rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles nor can its terms be verified, officials worry, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Robert Joseph, a former undersecretary of state for international security and arms control, explains that rail-mobile ICBMs will not be counted under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, even though the Obama administration regards them as accountable.

"I don't know what the Russian position is, but I do know that new START is silent on rail-mobiles," he said. "All START provisions that captured rail-mobile ICBMs were either deleted or were changed to exclude them. To me, it's inconceivable that should Russia again deploy rail-mobile ICBMs, they would not be counted."

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Joseph was a leading arms control specialist during the Bush administration. He said the new treaty ends on-site inspection at Votkinsk, where Russia's ICBMs are made, and imposes limits on monitoring telemetry data from Russian missile tests.

This new treaty was to enhance verification to determine U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.

For the full story on this report, as well as the following reports, please go to Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin: