The U.S. Army on Thursday removed nine more Pershing 2 nuclear missiles under a superpower treaty scrapping all intermediate-range nuclear rockets, an Army spokesman said.

Maj. Jerry Hart, spokesman for the 56th Field Artillery Command in Schwaebisch Gmuend, said the missiles were transported by convoy to a storage facility near Ramstein U.S. Air Force base in southwestern Germany for shipment back to the United States.He said nine missile launchers were transported by separate convoy to an Army facility outside Frankfurt, where they will be destroyed.

The shipments are the second withdrawal of Pershings from West Germany. Nine were removed in September and their launchers destroyed.