Daryl G. Kimball, Proliferation Analysis
U.S. and Russian negotiators are working hard to conclude a new strategic nuclear arms reduction deal by the end of this month to replace the landmark 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires on December 5. Unfortunately, there are a few naysayers who are already trying to undermine support for the new START agreement before it arrives.
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), for example, erroneously suggested in a November 21 statement "that there had been virtually no talk…of what happens after December 5 and prior to the possible entry into force of the follow-on agreement." Actually, the two sides have been discussing the bridging mechanism for months, but have not publicized the details because it was the subject of ongoing negotiations.
Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
The warning came almost too late. The freighter ANL Australia had already fired its engines for a 70-mile dash to Iran when customs agents here were alerted to a possible hidden cache of weapons on board.