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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Strategic Offensive Arms, Treaties on Reduction and Limitation (START)

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 April 2019

Subject(s):
International co-operation — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The term ‘strategic offensive arms’ applies to nuclear warheads deployed by strategic nuclear delivery vehicles (‘SNDVs’). SNDVs are inter-continental ballistic missiles (‘ICBMs’) with a range exceeding 5,500 kilometres, strategic bombers, warships (including strategic submarines ) and cruise missiles, including air- and sea launched cruise missiles (‘ALCMs’, ‘SLCMs’). The ‘shortest distance between the north-eastern border of the continental part of the territory of the United States of America and the north-western border of the continental part of the...
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