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Resolution honors Lugar’s legacy on arms control

Niki KellyBrian FranciscoMay 19, 2019

A group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution honoring the legacy of the late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

The resolution recognizes Lugar’s commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and reaffirms a U.S. commitment to reducing nuclear dangers. The resolution was sponsored by Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Todd Young, R-Ind., and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

“At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization’s greatest threat, Sen. Lugar helped save the world,” Young said in a statement. Lugar’s funeral was Wednesday, the day the resolution was made public.

The resolution calls for nonproliferation efforts by encouraging all parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to fully comply with the treaty, maintains support for the International Atomic Energy Agency and considers extending the New START Treaty, which will expire in February 2021. The resolution also condemns Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Forces Treaty.

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