March 14, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 13 Min. ) By Howard LaFranchi Staff writer Peter Ford Staff writer Ann Scott Tyson Staff writer Fred Weir Correspondent As the U.S. and Russia back away from the Cold War arms control regime, a new arms race looms. And this time, it wouldn’t just be the two largest nuclear powers. The recent India-Pakistan flare-up is a reminder that even regional conflicts can pose a global threat when the antagonists possess nuclear weapons. Moreover, cybersecurity risks and the specter of hacking nuclear arsenals add an element of uncertainty and instability to a post-arms control world.Still it’s largely the U.S. and Russia that are setting the tone. In February the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. More worrying still for many in the arms control community: The White House is debating whether to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, which expires in 2021. If New START lapses, it will be the first time since 1972 that the world’s two nuclear-weapons behemoths have no arms control constraints holding them back.What would it take to extend it? The provision for a five-year… Read full this story
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