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PSR Joins Indian Physicians in Calling for Rejection of Nuclear Accord

August 20, 2007

PSR Joins Indian Physicians in
Calling for Rejection of Nuclear Accord

(August 20, 2007) Washington, DC — 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.

Both Physicians for Social Responsibility and Indian Doctors for Peace Development are members of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, an organization that opposes the U.S.-India nuclear deal as a step toward dirty, dangerous and expensive technologies that move the countries away from peace and sustainable development.  A copy of the resolution is attached.

The agreement jeopardizes long standing efforts to promote non-proliferation and to limit the availability of nuclear material that could be used for terrorists’ purposes.  Further, the accord undermines basic tenets of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons specifically related to nuclear disarmament goals.

“The U.S.-India nuclear deal endangers human life and health by rewarding nuclear weapons proliferation and undermining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which forms the principle defense against the further spread of nuclear weapons,” added McCally.

PSR works for the elimination of nuclear weapons, one of the gravest threats to human health and survival.  Since 1961 PSR has worked toward this goal and joined in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for these efforts.

For more information contact Will Callaway at 202-667-4260 x 224 or wcallaway@psr.org.

PSR-IPDP Resolution  

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