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Inhofe: Now Is Not The Time To Reduce America’s Nuclear Arms Forces

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Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., questions witnesses from National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling at a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., questions witnesses from National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling at a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says now is not the time to reduce the country’s nuclear arms forces around the globe.

Oklahoma’s senior senator made the comments Wednesday in response to President Barack Obama’s call during a speech in Berlin to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles by one-third.

Inhofe in a statement called the president’s announcement an example of the “triumph of hope over experience.”

Among Inhofe’s fears are that there are concerns about Russian compliance with existing nuclear arms control treaties. He also says a commitment by Obama and Congress to modernize the country’s nuclear forces in return for ratification of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty remains unfulfilled.

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