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  • May 3, 2009
    Inspectors find safety problems at nuclear weapons complex

    Contractors at one of the nation's major nuclear weapons complexes repeatedly used substandard construction materials and components that could've caused a major radioactive spill, a recently completed internal government probe has found.

    Source: McClatchy Newspapers
  • April 30, 2009
    Ending the Nuclear-Weapons Threat

    After World War II -- although it became an economic power -- Japan, as the country that experienced nuclear devastation firsthand, has been steadfast in its commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

    Source: Wall Street Journal
  • April 29, 2009
    Countdown to Zero (Queen Noor of Jordan)

    Earlier this month in London, Presidents Obama and Medvedev issued an historic joint statement announcing that they had committed their two countries to achieving a nuclear free world.

    Source: The Hill
  • April 22, 2009
    US to spend $6 billion on Cold War weapons cleanup

    The Energy Department will spend $6 billion as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package to clean up nuclear weapons sites at Cold War-era facilities, with more than half the money going to sites in Washington and South Carolina, a senior official told Congress on Wednesday.

    Source: Associated Press
  • April 21, 2009
    Nuclear Disarmament

    A letter to the editor by Steven Starr, a senior scientist for PSR, on the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons.

    Source: Kansas City Star
  • April 12, 2009
    Welcome shift in nuclear policy

    A letter to the editor on President Obama's recent nuclear policy statements by Jason Chao, M.D., president of Northeast Ohio PSR.

    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • April 9, 2009
    China glad to see improvement of U.S.-Iran relations

    China is glad to see the United States mending relations with Iran and it supports the resolution of Iran's nuclear issues via dialogue and negotiations, the Foreign Ministry announced here Thursday. "China encourages Iran to make active contact with the concerned parties in a bid to seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to Iran's nuclear issue," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.

    Source: China View
  • April 9, 2009
    U.S. to join group negotiating with Iran

    The decision by the Obama administration on addressing nuclear concerns breaks with Bush policy, which had largely sought to isolate Tehran. The U.S. doesn't rule out bilateral talks.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • April 6, 2009
    PSR Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Seek a World Without Nuclear Weapons

    During their recent meeting in London, President Barack Obama engaged Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in groundbreaking efforts to achieve “a nuclear [weapons] free world.” PSR applauds the presidents of both countries for their commitment to this essential goal. In his speech in Prague on Sunday, April 5, President Obama went on to lay out a bold agenda to turn that goal into reality.

  • March 11, 2009
    President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

    Today President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.

  • March 7, 2009
    Clinton predicts new arms treaty with Russia

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted on Friday that the United States and Russia will complete a new strategic arms reduction treaty by the end of this year and that Moscow and Washington can find common ground on other issues.

    Source: Associated Press
  • February 25, 2009
    House Passes Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

    Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, and continued the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.

  • October 9, 2008
    Suit Challenges Legality of Proposed Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant

    Yesterday, PSR and a coalition of environmental and peace organizations asked a federal court to stop the moving of a nuclear weapon production facility because the government agencies involved refused to consider the significant environmental impacts of the move.

  • September 22, 2008
    Addressing the Nuclear Threat

    During the Presidential Primaries the question was raised of which candidate is most ready for the “3 AM phone call.” As the Presidential contenders prepare for the September 26 debate on national security, a more immediate question is who is prepared to address the fact that the Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes to midnight?

  • June 10, 2008
    Physicians for Social Responsibility Joins in Call for Diplomacy with Iran

    Dr. Catherine Thomasson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), joined with others today in urging the Congress to set the stage for peaceful negotiations with Iran and decried the increasingly belligerent posturing by the administration.

  • January 29, 2008
    New Direction Needed in Negotiations with Iran

    Despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) finding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, President Bush continues to present a bellicose attitude toward Iran. PSR believes that the time is ripe for a policy of direct diplomacy with Iran, a position also called for in the bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s 2006 report.

  • October 4, 2007
    PSR Physician Finds Regional Nuclear War Could Kill One Billion People

    An international conference of physicians in London today will examine the consequences of a regional nuclear war. Dr. Ira Helfand, a practicing physician and board member of PSR will present a paper arguing that even a limited use of nuclear weapons could cost more than a billion lives globally.

  • August 20, 2007
    PSR Joins Indian Physicians in Calling for Rejection of Nuclear Accord

    Today Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined with Indian Doctors for Peace and Development in calling on their respective governments to end the nuclear power accord being promoted by the leaders of the two countries. “Through the U.S.-India nuclear deal, the two governments have come to an unhealthy accommodation by which the United States overturns decades of its own law and practice in combating nuclear proliferation and India rejects its proud history of advocating nuclear disarmament,” said Dr. Michael McCally, executive director for PSR.

  • June 29, 2007
    Time for a New Direction at Los Alamos National Lab

    At a time when lab officials are celebrating the past, PSR and its allies are looking to the future. Despite Los Alamos National Laboratory's continued reliance on nuclear weapons work, PSR and others are suggesting that it is time to retool the lab in order to address the real national security threats that have surfaced since the end of the Cold War.

  • May 23, 2007
    Reliable Replacement Warhead Proposal a Dud

    The Energy and Water Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today eliminated all funding in fiscal year 2008 for the reliable replacement warhead (RRW), the first of a proposed series of new hydrogen bombs designed to replace a major portion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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