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Physicians for Social Responsibility condemns North Korean nuclear test

January 6, 2016

For Immediate Release

CONTACTS:

Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director (202) 587-524 mfleck@psr.org
Catherine Thomasson, MD PSR Executive Director (202) 587-5240 cthomasson@psr.org

Physicians for Social Responsibility strongly condemns the nuclear test conducted by North Korea on January 6, 2016. Together with our international organization, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, PSR calls upon North Korea to stop building its nuclear arsenal, and to engage in dialogue to achieve nuclear disarmament.

This provocative North Korean nuclear test should serve as a wake-up call to the world: we must take action to prevent a nuclear weapons disaster. Nuclear weapons are unacceptable in their nature. Their use inflicts indiscriminate and barbaric harm on humans and disastrous environmental impacts.

PSR strongly opposes all forms of nuclear testing, and urges the United States Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was signed by the United States in 1996 but never ratified. 

We also call on the United States and other nuclear-armed countries to stop the new nuclear arms race, now underway, that threatens the entire human race. These actions spur countries like North Korea to continue to seek these devastating weapons. As former Secretary of Defense William Perry wrote in his new book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, "Nuclear weapons no longer provide for our security—they now endanger it."

PSR calls upon the United States and the other eight nuclear-armed states—including North Korea—to join with 139 nations who have signed the Humanitarian Pledge to work toward a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. In February, 2016 national governments will meet in Geneva to conduct talks to develop new laws on nuclear weapons. It is beyond time for the international community to prohibit nuclear weapons, just as chemical and biological weapons have been prohibited.

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Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) works to protect humanity from the gravest threats to health and survival. Since its inception in 1961, PSR's membership of doctors, health professionals and concerned citizens has worked to prevent the use and spread of nuclear weapons. PSR is the U.S. affiliate of IPPNW, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.  

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