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Keikan
11-18-2004, 06:07 AM
The Bush administration says it is not alarmed by Russia's announcement it is developing a new nuclear missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the program is part of efforts to improve Russia's armed forces.

U.S. officials are not expressing any surprise or alarm over President Putin's decision to develop new nuclear missiles.

State Department spokesman Adam Ereli says the Russian plans fall within the framework of the Moscow Treaty, which calls for the mutual reduction in strategic offensive weapons.

"So we do not perceive Russia's nuclear sustainment and modernization activities as threatening," he said. "And, what they are doing are fully consistent with our mutual obligations under the Moscow treaty."

Pentagon officials say they are not alarmed either and will wait to see what is actually developed.

President Putin told a meeting of senior military leaders that Russia cannot ignore international terrorist threats or the need to develop new defenses.

"We will continue to build our armed forces and its nuclear components," Mr. Putin said. "And they should be put into service in the next few years. He added that the new missiles would be unlike any used by other nuclear powers. "

Mr. Putin did not provide details.

His speech comes a few days before the Russian leader's meeting with President Bush in Chile during the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

Victor Kremenyuk is Deputy Director of the Institute of USA and Canada Studies in Moscow. He says the new missiles do not pose a threat to the United States.

"First of all I think that this is something which should be trusted because, yes, the Russians have the possibility to develop new types of weaponry in the strategic area," he noted.

Mr. Putin's plans are seen as part of his effort to rebuild Russia's military might, which deteriorated after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Russia's defense minister has talked recently of plans to test-fire a new version of its light-weight ballistic Topol-M missile soon. Russia is also reported to be developing a new generation of heavy nuclear missiles that could carry up to 10 nuclear warheads.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-11/18/content_392722.htm

Barbarossa
11-18-2004, 11:43 AM
They're probably not worried because they know all their top nuclear scientists have moved to North Korea or Iran.. ;)

vidcc
11-18-2004, 02:43 PM
they already have enough to blow us to shreds...once you get past that point a few more make no difference.

We are developing new nuclear weaopons as well

maskawaih
11-18-2004, 03:54 PM
Americans MOAB is deadly enough.

BigBank_Hank
11-18-2004, 04:53 PM
Americans MOAB is deadly enough.


Damn right it is but that is still a conventional weapon.

Vid is right though. Both the U.S. and the Russianís have a big enough arsenal to blow each other off the earth.

vidcc
11-18-2004, 07:00 PM
crickey...hank posted

BigBank_Hank
11-18-2004, 07:09 PM
Iíve been really busy the last few weeks. I have two friends that were in the hospital and Iíve been going back and forth. Sadly one of my friends had terminal cancer and passed away Monday. Its just kind of hard to post when you mind is somewhere else.

ruthie
11-18-2004, 08:12 PM
Sorry bout your friend, hank

Biggles
11-18-2004, 08:37 PM
Likewise, Hank. Sometimes the wind always seems to head on with no respite or shelter.

Busyman
11-18-2004, 08:39 PM
Iíve been really busy the last few weeks. I have two friends that were in the hospital and Iíve been going back and forth. Sadly one of my friends had terminal cancer and passed away Monday. Its just kind of hard to post when you mind is somewhere else.
Sorry Hank. :(

To hell with posting here man when stuff like that is going on. :no:

j2k4
11-18-2004, 10:39 PM
Such lousy news.

I have found that to award the appellation of "friend" is difficult; the only thing harder is to lose one-the truer get fewer, as it were.

Thoughts are with you, Hank.

BigBank_Hank
11-19-2004, 01:05 AM
Thank you all so much for the kind words.

Even though I wasnít posting I still came here to read almost everyday. Coming here gives me a sense of normalcy because its part of my daily routine. Its kind of like an escape from everything thatís going on to log on and read for a while.

Rat Faced
11-19-2004, 02:35 AM
My thoughts are with you Hank :(

hobbes
11-19-2004, 02:45 AM
Well Hank, I guess we can appreciate how lucky we are to able to consider our daily conflicts here to be a big deal.

Arguments online are easily forgotten when Mother Reality drops us a visit.

If only we could remain suspended in our worlds of theoretical disagreement and discourse.

Best wishes from Hobbes.

Busyman
11-19-2004, 01:26 PM
Arguments online are easily forgotten when Mother Reality drops us a visit.
;)