For Immediate Release
Extending Nuclear Weapons Treaty Makes Everyone Safer; What About the Exploding Nuclear Weapons Budget?
WASHINGTON - In response to the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of extending the New START treaty by five years, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, which helped assure Senate ratification, released the following statement:
“After years of Trump putting Americans in harm’s way by decimating international agreements, we can all breathe a bit easier now that he cannot start a nuclear war within minutes and the Biden-Harris administration will extend the New START treaty by five years. The treaty caps the number of deployed nuclear weapons between the two countries with the largest stockpiles: The United States and Russia.
“A day before tens of thousands celebrate in hundreds of events around the world the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, we all wonder will the new administration’s budget reduce Trump’s skyrocketing nuclear weapons spending at amounts that could fund several Departments of State?”
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