April 8th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

U.S.-Russia arms treaty to face GOP scrutiny in Senate

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a major nuclear arms treaty Thursday, but critics in the Senate will have their say before anything is put in place.

Among them is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who said in a statement Thursday that the Obama administration "will need to meet three requirements if it expects favorable consideration of the START follow-on treaty."

"The Senate will assess whether or not the agreement is verifiable, whether it reduces our Nation's ability to defend itself and our allies from the threat of nuclear armed missiles, and whether or not this administration is committed to preserving our own nuclear triad," McConnell said in a statement.

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known as START– builds on a previous agreement that expired in December. The agreement reduces the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about one-third, among other provisions.

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