Clinton, Kaine go too far in touting a nuclear deal with Russia

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The treaty introduced counting rules for deployed weapons, but it was more than a counting game; it also included new verification procedures, with provisions for data exchanges, notifications and inspections that supposedly reflected the improved relationship with Russia and was easier to obtain than through surveillance and intelligence-gathering.

Ellen Tauscher, a Clinton supporter who was undersecretary of state for arms control when the treaty was negotiated, told The Fact Checker: "It caps future growth by the Russians and gets both countries to parity, in a visible and verifiable way by 2018."

"The New START treaty does not require destruction of a single nuclear warhead or places any limits on the total number of weapons the two countries can have in their military stockpiles - only the portion of those forces they have deploy at any given time," said Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

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