SHAHEEN APPLAUDS AGREEMENT ON NEW START TREATY WITH RUSSIA

March 26, 2010

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today released the following statement upon the announcement that the United States and Russia have reached agreement on a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty:

"The danger posed by the potential use of nuclear weapons is perhaps the most serious national security challenge facing the United States.  Today, the Obama Administration reaffirmed America's leadership in strengthening global nuclear nonproliferation and securing the United States - and the world - from the threat of nuclear weapons. 

"A well-designed treaty arrangement between the world's two largest nuclear powers will go far in enhancing U.S. national security interests and in maintaining America's security commitments around the globe.  The conclusion of these negotiations will advance U.S. security interests by further reducing stockpiles of offensive nuclear weapons and intensifying efforts to counter the threats posed by the spread of nuclear weapons.  This agreement will strengthen our commitment to the security of our Allies and will also reinforce verification and transparency between our two countries.

"I applaud the Administration's efforts to negotiate with Moscow and I believe this agreement will provide an important boost to our mutual nonproliferation goals.  As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I look forward to reviewing the specific details of this treaty and fully examining this issue in upcoming Committee hearings."

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