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The majority of the world’s nations are proceeding with a treaty banning the possession of nuclear weapons. We need to tell every nation to sign on, including the nuclear nations, and including the United States.
With President Trump pushing the U.S. Congress to start funding former president Obama’s one trillion dollar nuclear weapons and infrastructure program before he even completes the traditional expected “nuclear posture review,” there is not one champion in the Senate or the Congress for nuclear abolition! At most we have a bill supported by some members of Congress calling for cuts in spending on nuclear bombs, and requiring that only Congress can decide to annihilate a country with a nuclear attack, instead of leaving it solely to the President.
Despite the extraordinary fact that 122 nations have negotiated a treaty to ban the bomb, prohibiting possession, use, threatening to use, sharing, developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, stockpiling, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory, nuclear terrorism, as practiced by the United States still goes unabated. This is in violation of a commitment made in the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty to make “good faith efforts” for nuclear disarmament. The latest U.S. nuclear threat has been made to North Korea, with Trump announcing that “all options are on the table”–nukespeak for we will use the bomb to slaughter you.
The new treaty opens for signature on September 20 at the United Nations, and 50 nations are required to sign and ratify it to make nuclear weapons unlawful, just as the world has already done for chemical and biological weapons. It’s time to let the U.S. Congress and all the world’s governments know that we want them to support nuclear abolition. Write a letter to your Senators and member of Congress, asking them to press for nuclear abolition by joining the ban treaty with a commitment to follow the treaty’s provisions for nuclear armed countries to join and dismantle their arsenals.
For more information, visit www.icanw.org
To see positions of nations on the treaty, http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions/
To see text of the treaty, http://www.icanw.org/treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
To take additional action, join a divestment campaign at https://worldbeyondwar.org/divest and