Congressman Poe Statement On Reports Of Russia's Violation Of Nuclear Arms Treaty
Today, as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I joined my colleagues Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Joe Heck in sending a letter to the Administration requesting a classified briefing on the United States’ response to Russia’s material breach and circumvention of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Now, when we are in the midst of negotiations with Iran on their nuclear weapons program, is not the time for the United States to act like there are no consequences for violations of agreements with the United States. If reports are true that the Russians have tested a ballistic missile in violation of its treaty with the United States, then we should stop hemming and hawing, call it like it is, and make sure there are clear consequences. The United States’ credibility is on the line.