Rep. Markey: Time to cut spending on US nukes

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BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is renewing his push to cut $100 billion from the nation's nuclear weapons systems in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test.

Markey condemned the test and said slashing America's nuclear arsenal will give the U.S. "the continuing moral authority" to push back against rogue nations.

Markey, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said he'll reintroduce a bill he said would save taxpayers $100 billion over the next decade by cutting "unnecessary and outdated nuclear weapons, delivery systems and facilities."

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Kirsten Hughes said Markey wants the U.S. to drop its defenses in the face of a nuclear threat.

Hughes said "sticking a flower down a North Korean rocket launcher is not the kind of defense strategy we need from a United States senator."