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Makers of Nuclear Weapons Only Winners, Warn Critics, as Trump Ditches INF Treaty via Common Dreams

“Flipping over the negotiating table and storming out of the room may have worked in real estate, but when you’re dealing with nuclear treaties, the risk of misplaying your hand isn’t a failed business venture—it’s an arms race and possibly nuclear war.” 

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Amid reports that President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was imminent, Sanders and Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) on Thursday introduced the Prevention of Arms Race Act of 2019 (pdf).

“There’s a reason that kids today don’t do duck-and-cover drills in schools and that nobody has bomb shelters in their backyards anymore,” declared Merkley, the bill’s lead sponsor. “This era of stability is put at great risk by President Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out of the INF Treaty.”

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