Congressman Jim Matheson is praising the findings of a new review of US nuclear policy which states that America 's nuclear arsenal will be maintained safely and securely without the development of new nuclear warheads. The finding is included in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review released by the Department of Defense today.
The Nuclear Posture Review is mandated by Congress and it sets the framework for decisions on U.S. nuclear policy for the next five to 10 years.
"Today's announcement is a victory for all of us who have fought the questionable policy calling for new nuclear weapons. I am convinced that would have again taken us down the path of new nuclear testing," said Matheson. "Utahns have paid dearly for government deception about the safety of past activities at the Nevada Test Site. Now we can move in a direction that secures our existing weapons stockpile as a deterrent, combined with efforts to reduce nuclear danger in the world."
Matheson said the announcement validates what many in Congress, in the military and the scientific community have said -- that the country's nuclear weapons stockpile has been satisfactorily maintained for 18 years without nuclear testing. Matheson notes that the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review states "the United States will not conduct nuclear testing and will seek ratification and entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty."
"I am pleased that our policy will now be to focus on securing the intelligence and the conventional weapons that we need to deal with the real and ongoing terrorist threat that we face," said Matheson.