Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement today on news that the United States and Russia have reached a deal on a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START):
“I congratulate the President on reaching agreement on the most significant arms-reduction treaty in decades. This is a major step toward realizing President Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world, a vision shared by a predecessor, President Ronald Reagan. And I want to acknowledge the hard work of Rose Gottemoeller, the lead treaty negotiator, and of Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Ellen Tauscher.
“This treaty makes significant reductions to the numbers of nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles, will renew verification arrangements that would otherwise be unavailable, and provides a major tangible result since the President reset relations with Russia. I look forward to seeing the details of the treaty in the weeks to come. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold hearings on the treaty provisions to determine whether the verification measures are sufficient to monitor treaty compliance. This will be among the most scrutinized issues in ratification process, and I intend to make sure the Intelligence Community is capable and adequately resourced to carry out its responsibilities.”