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No New START for the New Year

Main Image Credit Courtesy of Ron Przysucha/US Department of State.

On 5 February, the one-year countdown to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty began.

 The US and Russia now have less than a year to agree a new deal, and the race to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) takes place against a chaotic geopolitical background. Nuclear threats continue to rise, with Kim Jong-un’s end-of-year statement that North Korea would no longer uphold a testing moratorium and would seek to develop a new strategic weapon exacerbating pre-existing tensions. However, the North Korean nuclear programme is not the only

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