PSR Statement on New START
February 4, 2011
of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet
in Munich on Saturday, February 5th to exchange the New Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty (START) documents as the final step prior to the treaty
entering into force. This treaty represents the most significant arms control
treaty in a decade and has opened the door to new possibilities for nuclear
PSR believes that the progress embodied in New START is not
sufficient to address the nuclear dangers we face but does provide the
foundation from which we can make the urgent changes needed. We urge President
Obama to pursue the swift ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
(CTBT), further cuts in our bloated nuclear arsenals, including tactical
nuclear weapons, and increased rates of dismantlement of non-deployed weapons.
Now is not the time for timid steps. The magnitude of the threats facing us
require that we act in bold new ways to secure our health and safety. If fully understood, the reality of these
horrific weapons compels us to take immediate action to reduce the danger. PSR knows that the only way these weapons
will not eventually be used is if they are abolished completely worldwide.
We urge all those reading this statement to consider what
they can do to make the world a safer place and consider joining our new
campaign at 1more4zero.org.
PSR wants the citizens of our nation and the world to
understand that the catastrophic medical consequences of nuclear weapons demand
a sense of urgency often missing in the public debate. The seven year timeline
for implementation of New START is far too slow and the parties to the treaty
can and must work to fulfill their treaty obligations much more quickly.
PSR will launch a campaign to secure resolutions in support
of our issues from several state medical associations in 2011. We urge you to contact us if you would like
to join this important effort.
PSR is proud to be the US affiliate of International
Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The follow up steps after New START are a
significant concern for many leaders around the world. Please see their impressive statement here.