Maintain nuclear arsenal

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., should start listening to Sen. John Hoeven and other like-thinking members of Congress when it comes to discussion about maintaining the nation’s nuclear triad.

Hoeven and other members of Congress have repeatedly opposed calls for the United States to reduce its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Given North Korea’s nuclear test on?Tuesday and ongoing instability in other parts of the world, more members of Congress should be willing to ignore such calls.

It simply would not be in the best interest of the United States to make such dramatic cuts at this time.

The nuclear triad, which consists of land-based missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear-capable bombers, remains absolutely necessary in the ever-changing world. Minot Air Force Base, home to nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and nuclear missiles, is the nation’s only dual mission installation.

The Obama administration has made it known it may be open to unilaterally reducing the number of nuclear weapons beyond the reductions called for by the New START Treaty of 2010. As North Korea’s nuclear test this week shows, there remains a number of serious threats around the world, and cutting our capability while others boost their nuclear arsenals would simply be a mistake. Hoeven and others have been saying that for quite a while it’s time others in Congress listened.