As Putin Threatens U.S. With 'Satan 2' Nuke, Trump Says He Doesn't Want An Arms Race

President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed that neither leader want an arms race just weeks after Russia unveiled a new generation of weapons of mass destruction, including a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile called "Satan 2" by NATO.

Trump called Putin to congratulate him after he secured another six-year term in a March 18 election international observers said was marred by "irregularities" and a "lack of genuine competition".

"In their conversation the two leaders agreed that any arms races would be undesirable," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, reported TASS, a Moscow-based news agency.

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Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin at a polling station during the presidential election in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2018. Sergei Chirkov/POOL via Reuters

The Kremlin's conclusion after the Trump call, Peskov said, was: "Washington had turned an attentive ear to the president's message to the Federal Assembly and the later statements that Russia has no intention to be dragged into an arms race."

But just weeks earlier Putin used his annual presidential address to reveal the development of a new generation of Russian weapons, including a hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile called the RS-28 Sarmat, or Satan 2.

He boasted that the weapon is so fast it could evade U.S. missile defenses and showed a video demonstrating the Satan 2's capabilities—including it striking what looked to be Florida.

Russia claims Satan 2, which weighs over 200 tonnes, can carry a payload devastating enough to wipe out an area the size of Texas. The White House did not respond to the video simulation.

Putin said other countries only listen to Russia when it creates new weapons systems. "You will listen to us now," he warned.

The U.S. and Russia are committed by international treaties to nuclear nonproliferation. But both countries maintain and update vast stockpiles of apocalyptic weapons.

According to the Arms Control Association, Russia has 1,444 deployed nuclear warheads, 4,500 stockpiled warheads, and 2,510 retired warheads, taking the total to around 7,010.

The U.S. has 1,350 deployed nuclear warheads, with around 4,000 stockpiled and 2,550 retired, making America's total 6,550 weapons.

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