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Issue Position: Foreign Policy, Trade, & Defense - Nuclear Weapons

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Limiting the threat of nuclear war should be one of our highest defense priorities. I believe engagement with nations that have or are developing nuclear capability (including Iran, India, Pakistan, China and North Korea) is the best way to prevent the development and use of nuclear weapons.

I strongly support the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) objectives to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament. I am a cosponsor of a resolution that reaffirms congressional support for the NPT and expresses support for appropriate measures to strengthen it.

I believe the U.S. - India nuclear deal sends the wrong signal to the world about our commitment to nonproliferation. This agreement could undermine our attempts to prevent a country (such as Iran) that has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, from developing enrichment technologies if we create exemptions from nuclear proliferation laws for India, a nation that has refused to sign the treaty. Further, it could weaken restrictions on nuclear suppliers, and could give justification to a country (such as China) to supply to non-signatories of the NPT, like Pakistan.


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