The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 19, 2013

Inhofe: Now is not the time to reduce U.S. nukes


From The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says now is not the time to reduce the country's nuclear arms forces around the globe.

Oklahoma's senior senator made the comments Wednesday in response to President Barack Obama's call during a speech in Berlin to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles by one-third.

Inhofe in a statement called the president's announcement an example of the "triumph of hope over experience."

Among Inhofe's fears are that there are concerns about Russian compliance with existing nuclear arms control treaties. He also says a commitment by Obama and Congress to modernize the country's nuclear forces in return for ratification of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty remains unfulfilled.