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While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force | The AP

by Robert Burns

The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower.

This Jan. 9, 2014, file photo shows a mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of long-range nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia, The Associated Press has learned. The plan is proceeding despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the deal gave Moscow an unfair advantage in strategic nuclear firepower. (AP Photo/Robert Burns, File)

This Jan. 9, 2014, file photo shows a mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of long-range nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia, The Associated Press has learned. The plan is proceeding despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the deal gave Moscow an unfair advantage in strategic nuclear firepower. (AP Photo/Robert Burns, File)

The reduction to 400 missiles from 450 is the first for the intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, force in a decade — when the arsenal came down from 500 such weapons. The Air Force says the latest cut in Minuteman 3 missiles will be completed in April, leaving the deployed ICBM arsenal at its smallest size since the early 1960s.

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