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A New START -- A Key Step in the Reduction of Nuclear Weapons

A new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) was signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev on April 8, 2010. The treaty calls for reducing the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons, and includes methods to verify these reductions.

Before the treat can go into effect, it must be ratified by the U.S. Senate and the Russian Parliament.


NETWORK’s Position

Nuclear weapons are a threat not only to human life and dignity, but also to all of creation. NETWORK believes that the U.S. should develop ethical foreign policies that emphasize conflict resolution through diplomacy.

We support the ratification of the New START as soon as possible. Reducing stockpiles of nuclear weapons makes the U.S., Russia, and entire world safer. We also support continued negotiations to further reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons.


Congressional Action

On September 16, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution to send the New START agreement to the full Senate. The Senate must vote to accept the treaty this year, in order to maintain momentum for further efforts at nuclear disarmament. It will take 67 votes in the Senate to ratify the treaty.


What You Can Do

All senators need to see that there is broad public support for the New START. Contact your senators and tell them you want a world without nuclear weapons, and ratification of the New START is the first step in that direction.

You can get more information from NETWORK Education Program's resource: A New START.  And you can distribute this resource to others to education them about the New START.