WASHINGTON DC – The US calculations of the number of nuclear warheads that are stored in Russia can be off by an order of thousands, as Washington does not have accurate information about it, said former Secretary of Defense William Perry.
“Actually, the US is not yet aware of how many warheads Russia has in its warehouses, and the errors in our calculations can reach up to thousands of units,” he said in Geneva while opening the Luxembourg International Forum on the Prevention of Nuclear Disasters.
In April, senior Russian representatives reported that the country reduced its nuclear arsenal by more than 85 percent and remained faithful to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, while the US ignored the indices required by its clauses, including through incorrect manipulations not provided for in the document.
The treaty, signed by the US and Russia in 2010, entered into force on February 5, 2011. It provides for each side to reduce its stockpiles so that in seven years the total amount of armaments does not exceed 7,000 intercontinental ballistic missiles, ballistic missiles installed in submarines and heavy bombers, as well as 1,550 warheads and 800 launching facilities installed and not installed.
The agreement requires Russia and the US to exchange their information twice a year.
On February 5, 2018, the deadline reached in which the two parties should have reached the rates established by the treaty. The term of operation of it expires in 2021.
The International Forum for the Prevention of Nuclear Disasters began on Monday in Geneva, and brings together 49 experts from 14 countries to analyze current challenges in the nuclear field.
This comes as Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met on Tuesday in Singapore in what was a first of its kind. Discussions of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was at the center of conversation between the two leaders.