May 15, 2019
Congress is moving to halt funding for a global nuclear arms pact until the Trump administration assures lawmakers that China and Russia will be held accountable for a massive expansion in their nuclear arsenals, according to a copy of the new legislation viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
With tensions between the United States and Russia running high over the impending end of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, Republican leaders in Congress say they are prepared to halt all funding for a new version of this treaty until the Trump administration consents to include provisions combatting both Russia and China’s nuclear expansion.
To that end, the new legislation would “limit funding for any extension of the New START Treaty or any successor agreement unless the agreement includes the People’s Republic of China and covers all strategic and non-strategic nuclear forces of the Russian Federation,” according to the bill.
China has not been party to past versions of the START agreement, drawing concern from lawmakers who see Beijing expanding its nuclear weapons arsenal without oversight, particularly at a time when the United States is seeking to reduce the size of its own arsenal.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3:28 am