Report Calls For US, Russia To Remove Nuclear Weapons From Ready-To-Launch Status

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new independent report calls on the United States and Russia to gradually take their nuclear weapons off ready-to-launch status to reduce the threat of mutual assured destruction.

The report by 30 political, military and security experts was released Wednesday. The group wrote that the U.S., Russia and European nations need to shed their “Cold War autopilot” strategy and move toward greater cooperation.

The group said the diminished threat in Europe combined with smaller military budgets for many of the countries dictated the change.

Leading the group were former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, former British Secretary of Defense Des Browne, Germany’s Wolfgang Ischinger and Russia’s Igor Ivanov.

The group also called for cuts in tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and sharing of information on missile defense.

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