Peace groups worldwide slash US nuke plans

March 17, 2002

Peace groups worldwide slash US nuke plans

Abolition 2000 global council
Friends of the earth australia
Australian peace committee
Trade union green caucus
Campaign for international cooperation and disarmament (cicd)

Abolition2000 global council statement on nuclear posture review

Anti nuclear weapons groups worldwide, operating under the umbrella of the Abolition 2000 organisation, a coalition of over 2000 citizen groups across the world, have strongly condemned the nuclear posture review, and in particular policies in which Russia and China, as well as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya, continue to be targeted.

In a statement which follows, the over 2000 groups of Abolition 2000 state that the new nuclear warfighting policies outlined in the recently released secret annex to the nuclear posture review are 'insane, immoral and illegal'.

They particularly point to the fact that the US is legally bound, under Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, (NPT) and the final statement of the year 2000 review conference of that treaty, to bring about the total and unequivocal elimination of its nuclear arsenal.

Yet in spite of its signature on treaties that have been signed by every nation except India, Pakistan and Israel, the nuclear posture review seems intent on continuing reliance on nuclear weapons.

This cannot continue. Unless the US and other nuclear weapons nations take their treaty obligations seriously the prospects for human survival will become problematic as they were in the era of nuclear confrontation of the 1980s.

The Australian government must make it clear to the US government that it will have nothing to do with a nuclear war-fighting capability and should urge its ally to abide by its NPT treaty obligations.

For further information contact:

John Hallam
Ph: (02) 9567 7533

Irene Gale
Ph: (08) 83323461

Jacob Grech
Mob: 0402 246 491

Pauline Mitchell
CICD
Ph: (03) 9663 3677

Pamela Meidell
Abolition 2000
Ph: 1 805 985 5073

End the Nuclear Terror:
A Call to Action from the Abolition 2000 Global Council

The Global Council of the Abolition 2000 Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons condemns the United States Nuclear Posture Review and US plans to develop new nuclear weapons that are more useable, and thus more likely to be used. The Bush Administration has directed the US military to prepare contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, and to build smaller nuclear weapons for use in warfare.

We condemn this policy as insane, immoral and illegal.

These plans break promises that the US made thirty-two years ago in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) when it agreed to negotiate in good faith to eliminate its nuclear weapons. Along with other nuclear-armed countries, the US renewed that promise in 2000, when it agreed to an 'unequivocal undertaking' to accomplish the 'total elimination' of its nuclear arsenal, plus twelve other practical steps leading to nuclear disarmament.

Instead of implementing these 13 practical steps, the US has reawakened the specter of nuclear horror with its plans for developing new nuclear weapons, and giving three unthinkable scenarios for using them: "against targets able to withstand nonnuclear attack; in retaliation for attack with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons; or in the event of surprising military disaster".

With these steps, the US shows it will use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them, a complete reversal of previous agreements. This policy increases nuclear danger in a world already rife with conflicts involving nuclear-armed countries (India and Pakistan in South Asia, and Israel in the Middle East), and fearful of terrorists acquiring nuclear materials.

We, the members of the Abolition 2000 Global Council, call on all citizens of the Earth to wake up and act! At a time when the people of our planet desperately seek ways to create a safer, more secure world, the US strikes nuclear terror into all of our hearts. Stark gaps between the world's "haves and the have-nots," and glaring social injustice, contribute to a rising tide of violence everywhere. Yet the world's richest and most powerful nation can only offer the threat of the ultimate violence: the use of nuclear weapons.

The world is in grave danger. Everything and everyone we love is at risk. Now is the moment to get deadly serious about nuclear abolition, while we still have time. We urge all citizens: Make your voices heard in the halls of government, in the media, to your friends, family and neighbors. We must act now!

Our strength as a Global Council comes from the over 2000 citizen groups in 90+
countries who form the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons . Since our founding in 1995 at the NPT Review and Extension Conference, our network's many groups have demonstrated their commitment to a more sustainable world by creating ways to bring about nuclear abolition. One of our most valuable tools has been the law: the treaties our nations have signed and ratified, the International Court of Justice 1996 Advisory Opinion on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons, the model Nuclear Weapons Convention.

Now is the time to speak together in one voice! Join us in our call for a legal end to the nuclear madness that never went away. Let us focus our efforts, exercise our citizenship muscles, and use every nonviolent means to get rid of the nuclear threat once and for all. Hiroshima and Nagasaki can never happen again! Speak Out! Take action! We cannot do it alone, but together we will succeed!!

Yours for a sustainable and nuclear-free world,
The Abolition 2000 Global Council

March 14, 2002

Coordinating Committee
John Burroughs, USA
Jacqueline Cabasso, USA
Akira Kawasaki, Japan
David Krieger, USA
Dominique Lalanne, France
Lars Pohlmeier, Germany
Alice Slater, USA
Hiro Umbayashi, Japan
Alyn Ware, New Zealand
Ross Wilcock, Canada
Global Council
Lysianne Alezard, France
Colin Archer, Switzerland
Myrla Baldonado, Phillipines
Prawful Bidwai, India
Janet Bloomfield, UK
Reiner Braun, Germany
Daniel Durand, France
Bruce Gagnon, USA
Irene Gale , Australia
Ron Gale, Australia
Xanthe Hall, Germany
John Hallam, Australia
Felicity Hill, USA
Akira Kawasaki, Japan
Akihiko Kimijima, Japan
Chris King, Aotearoa/NZ
Dave Knight, UK
Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey, India
Samsung Lee, South Korea
Andrew Lichterman, USA
Sally Light, USA
Pamela Meidell, USA
Zia Mian, USA
Bahig Nassar, Egypt
Satomi Oba, Japan
Mitsuo Okamoto, Japan
Claire Poyner, UK
Ian Prior, Aotearoa/NZ
M.V. Ramana, USA
Admiral Ramdas, India
Richard Salvador, Belau
Jurgen Scheffran, Germany
Emily Schroeder, USA
Paul Saoke, Kenya
Jo Vallentine, Australia
Achin Vanaik, India
Alexey Yablokov, Russia
Alla Yaroshinskaya, Russia