Nuclear arsenals – United States – Russia (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - June 6, 2013)

Q : Could you comment on the recent statements issued by Moscow and Washington on the reduction of nuclear arsenals?

A : The United States, like Russia, bears a special responsibility for nuclear disarmament, given the size of their arsenals. With several thousand weapons, deployed or kept in reserve, these two arsenals account for 95% of the world’s nuclear weapons.

The reduction of these two arsenals is now a priority, with the launch of negotiations on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and the entry into force of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. France also welcomes the willingness expressed by President Obama to make progress toward the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

France actively supports nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, in accordance with the goals of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Our country has taken significant steps, notably the scaling down of its nuclear forces; with a current ceiling of 300 warheads and none held in reserve, our total arsenal has been reduced by half in 10 years, the ground-to-ground component has been completely dismantled and the two other maritime and airborne components have been reduced by 30%.