Sen. Lugar announces destruction of chemical weapons

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R–Ind.) announced on October 25 the recent progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, including the destruction of 68.88 metric tons of chemical weapons.

Since August, the program has also overseen the deactivation of 48 strategic warheads, the destruction of four intercontinental ballistic missiles and 16 submarine launched ballistic missiles, according to

In total, the program has now eliminated 7,599 strategic nuclear warheads, 791 ballistic missiles, 651 submarine launched ballistic missiles, 32 nuclear submarines and 906 air-to-surface nuclear missiles, reports. It has set up multiple biological monitoring stations and destroyed 1569.5 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical weapons agents.

Because of the Nunn-Lugar Act, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus are now free of nuclear weapons. Those countries had been ranked third, fourth and eighth in terms of the size of their stockpiles.

The Nunn-Lugar Act, ratified in 1991, established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program that has provided funding and expertise to the countries of the former Soviet Union so that they can dismantle their stockpiles of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and their delivery systems.

In 2003, Congress enacted the Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act. This act authorized the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program to operate outside of the Soviet Union to dismantle such weapons, first in Albania. The entirety of that country’s chemical weaponry was eventually destroyed.