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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Briefcases Pass

MOSCOW -- The "nuclear briefcases" long kept close at hand by Kremlin leaders may be headed the way of the Cold War and the Soviet Union -- into history. The metal attach? cases, weighing about 10 kilograms, contain secret information and buttons for launching strategic nuclear missiles by remote control. Only the president and defense minister still have them.

But the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Thursday that there is no longer much need for the briefcases. Since this spring, the missiles in Russia and the United States have not been aimed at specific targets, and now it would take more time to launch them.

"Under conditions of detente and with the sudden start of nuclear war being impossible, the briefcase is nothing more than a remnant of the era of superpowers," the Moscow daily said.