Markey Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test, Calls for American Leadership to Reduce Nuclear Weapons Stockpile

WASHINGTON (February 12, 2013) – Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today condemned the nuclear weapons test conducted by the Republic of North Korea, insisting that President Obama’s expected call tonight to reduce global nuclear weapons stockpiles will help to isolate the rogue nation. Rep. Markey, a leader on nuclear nonproliferation issues, is pushing his SANE Act (Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures) that would save taxpayers $100 billion over the next 10 years by cutting unnecessary and outdated nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and facilities.

“North Korea’s brazen nuclear weapons test will only help to highlight President Obama’s leadership to reduce our nuclear weapons stockpile,” said Rep. Markey. “Slashing America’s nuclear weapons arsenal will give our country the continuing moral authority to push back against the rogue nations and superpowers that want to build more nuclear weapons.”

“While North Korea’s people starve, their leaders continue to feed geopolitical instability by conducting these nuclear tests. By reaching broad agreements to reduce global nuclear stockpiles, America and our allies will finally be able to isolate North Korean and force their leaders to come to the negotiating table,” said Rep. Markey.

More information on the SANE Act, which Rep. Markey will soon reintroduce, is available HERE.

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