Indiana senator Richard Lugar visited Indiana University Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Nunn-Lugar nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The talk, sponsored by IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, focused on the two decades of disarmament wrought by the Nunn-Lugar Act, particularly in developing and war-torn nations.
Lugar says for many years, Soviet missiles were aimed at many cities in Indiana, unbeknownst to most Hoosiers.
“Whether they knew that there were for 40 years is beside the point – the fact was we were under the gun,” he says. “And the fact is, as we took down each one of these, we were less under the gun. By several thousands now.”
Lugar told the standing room only crowd more than 7,500 warheads have been disarmed since he and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn passed their namesake bill in 1991.