Senate May Be Set to Approve ‘New Start’ Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia
December 21, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—The Senate appears poised to approve a new arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia, despite opposition from some GOP senators. Select Republican opponents are seeking to amend the treaty, but Russia, which has already approved it, warned the Senate not to rewrite it, the New York Times reports.
Known as the “New Start” treaty, the agreement requires the U.S. and Russia to cut their nuclear stockpiles “so that within seven years of ratification neither deploys more than 1,550 strategic warheads and 700 launchers,” the Times reports. In addition, the treaty would require on-site inspections, which previously were in place but expired in 2009.
President Obama has said that passage of the treaty is critical to the U.S.’s relationship with Russia and halting the spread of nuclear weapons, the Times notes. Opponents fear that the treaty could undermine the missile defense systems in place in the U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) proposed a separate amendment to the treaty to appease Republican opposition which would confirm that President Obama’s missile defense program would be completed by 2020 as previously noted.