Inhofe Expresses Disappointment with START Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voiced disappointment after President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev signed a nuclear arms control treaty that would decrease America’s nuclear deterrence capability, which has proven successful for over a half a century.

“The U.S. must maintain its nuclear arsenal in order to deter attacks on our nation and over 30 international allies that are protected by our nuclear umbrella,” said Inhofe. “I cannot support a treaty that reduces our nuclear stockpile without specifying the means of verification, fully funding nuclear enterprise modernization, and ensuring the resulting force structure of both countries will be able to provide a viable nuclear deterrent. We must make modernization our top priority and ensure there are no limitations on our missile defense capability. Additionally, a multilayered verification process must be established before the U.S. Senate would consider ratification of a new START.”