Self-Preservation to Self-Destruction

A new arms race around the corner?

“A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. The only value in our two nations possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they will never be used. But then would it not be better to do away with them entirely?”

The treaty between the then two superpowers prohibited the development, possession and testing of the ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of 500- 5,500-km. These prohibitions do not specify nuclear or conventional warheads. Entered into force on the 1st of June 1988, implementation of the treaty saw the destruction of 859 US and 1,752 Soviet missiles by June 1st of 1991. The landmark 1987 arms control pact purged Europe of land-based nuclear missiles, abolishing medium-range arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers reducing their individual abilities to launch a short notice nuclear attack. Resulting from this was the removal of Cruise and Pershing missiles that were being deployed in Britain and Germany while the Soviet Union removed their SS-20s out of Europe. But the constant distrust between the two countries led them to doubt each other of violating the treaty.



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