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The U.S. Made the Right Choice!
November 10, 2014
Dr. Catherine Thomasson delivers PSR's petition to Alexandra Bell at the State Department.
On Friday, November 7th, the US Department of State announced to PSR and other disarmament groups that they WILL send an official delegation to participate in the third Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference on December 8-9, 2014. The conference will be held in Vienna, Austria at the Hofburg Palace and will feature facts-based discussions and expert presentations on the dangerous consequences of nuclear weapons. The goal of the conference is to “strengthen the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime” by raising awareness of the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons use and nuclear war. There will be roughly 150 nations in attendance, and this will be the first time the US has officially elected to participate, having boycotted the previous two conferences in Oslo, Norway (Mar. 2013) and Nayarit, Mexico (Feb. 2014).
PSR would like to send a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped in bringing this to fruition by signing our Petition, asking President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller, to "support a nuclear weapons-free world, as promised," by sending an official delegation to this conference.
Not only did President Obama pledge, "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" in his Prague speech in 2009, but the U.S., among the five nuclear weapons states that signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970, also pledged to, "pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control." As long as the United States constructively participates in this Vienna conference, it will show the other nuclear weapons states that it is beginning to make good on its promise to the world.
Hopefully, this will be one of many excellent choices the United States makes in reducing the dangers of nuclear weapons, and hopefully the US will continue to err on the right side of history in regards to disarmament.
Watch PSR Board Member Dr. Ira Helfand Give a Statement in Response: