October 21, 1996 in Nation/World

Mountain Home Declared Heavy Bomber Facility

Associated Press

A team of 10 inspectors from the Commonwealth of Independent States arrived at Mountain Home Air Force Base Saturday night along with members of the United States On-Site Inspection Agency.

With the arrival of the 34th Bomb Squadron, the United States declared Mountain Home Air Force Base a heavy bomber facility under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The teams will conduct a heavy bomber new facility inspection in support of START, a multilateral arms control agreement between the United States, Russia, Belorus, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine.

The breakup of the Soviet Union delayed START being enforced for nearly three and a half years until Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine, which had inherited nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union, ratified START.

They then joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as non-nuclear states.

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