State Department report shows Russia in compliance with arms control treaty

A recently issued report by the U.S. State Department demonstrated no obvious reasoning for a House committee's finding that Russia defied nuclear arms obligations.

The 2013 Arms Control Compliance Report, which was issued by the state department on July 12, showed little change in the assessment of U.S.-Russian arms control treaty compliance compared to last year's report. The lack of change provided little reasoning for a conclusion by the House Armed Services Committee that Russia was actively not complying with existing nuclear arms obligations, according to the Arms Control Association.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the HASC, recently made a vague public charge which refers to allegations that Russia recently violated the Immediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty during a missile test. Neither the 2013 Arms Compliance Report nor the Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat assessment by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center identified any Russian intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

The compliance report, which covers the period ending on December 31, certified that Russia is in full compliance with the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The report does, however, question whether Russia is in compliance with its fulfillment of the Open Skies Treaty, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Additionally, the report found that North Korea, Iran and Syria were not in compliance with nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations.