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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Atlanta, Georgia)
For Immediate Release                                     April 14, 2000


START II Treaty Summary

The START II Treaty and the START II Protocol will increase stability at significantly lower levels of nuclear weapons. Together, U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear forces will be reduced by an additional 5,000 warheads beyond the 9,000 warheads being reduced under START I. The Treaty sets equal ceilings on the number of strategic nuclear weapons that can be deployed by either side.

The comprehensive START I verification regime will apply to the START II Treaty and will be augmented in certain areas.

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