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Sen. Lugar Speaks At IU On Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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  • Teli

    And there was a disruption by about 20 Occupy Bloomington and IU activists, explaining that Lugar is a tool of the military industrial complex, but that shouldn’t be mentioned, right?

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