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“There should be no rush on this treaty,” he said. “If it is so self-evidently wonderful, there is still time for the administration to answer the outstanding questions Republicans have.”

Those questions, Mr. Bolton said, include how the treaty would affect missile defense.

The State Department has insisted that the treaty would have no bearing on U.S. missile defense, but Republicans have raised concerns that the preamble language appears to give Russia the option to withdraw from the treaty over missile defense.

“The fact is the treaty is badly flawed and the administration knows it does not have good answers. That is why it is adopting a ram-and-jam strategy,” Mr. Bolton said. “Republicans need to insist, as a party matter apart from the substance of the treaty, they simply do not accept it.”