While the United States Makes Demands on Iran, Budget Calls for Boost of U.S. Nuclear Weapons
The New York Times reported Monday that U.S.
scientists "have begun designing a new generation of nuclear arms meant to be
sturdier and more reliable and to have longer lives, federal officials and
private experts say." [See: www.truthout.org/docs_2005/020705B.shtml]
JACQUELINE CABASSO, email@example.com, http://wslfweb.orgExecutive
director of the Western States Legal Foundation, which focuses on nuclear
policy, Cabasso said today: "While the U.S. turns its sights on Iran, accusing
that country of pursuing a covert nuclear weapons program, U.S. nuclear weapons
spending has quietly grown by 84 percent since 1995 -- several years after the
Cold War ended. This year the U.S. will spend nearly $7 billion to maintain and
modernize nuclear warheads, usable for decades to come, and many billions more
to operate and modernize its delivery and command and control systems.
Altogether, the United States is spending about $40 billion annually on nuclear
forces. Ten thousand nuclear warheads, with some 2,000 on hair-trigger alert,
remain in the U.S. arsenal, each one many times more powerful than the atomic
bombs dropped 60 years ago."
ALICE SLATER, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://abolitionnow.org, http://gracelinks.org/nukePresident of the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment,
Slater said today: "In this 60th anniversary year of the bombing of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, it boggles the mind to think that our Dr. Strangeloves are now
pushing for a whole new design effort for a 'sturdier and more reliable' nuclear
bomb. In 1970 the U.S., together with Russia, China, the UK, and France, signed
the Non-Proliferation Treaty, promising to give up our nuclear weapons if other
countries promised not to acquire them. The world watched in horror the
inexorable spread of nuclear weapons to India, Pakistan, and Israel and more."
Slater, who wrote an oped entitled "'Peaceful'
Nuclear Strategy an Easy Target for Abuse," in the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, added: "The tattered Non-Proliferation Treaty will
be reviewed this May at the United Nations. The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
are bringing 100 mayors from around the world to join in their call for
immediate negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons."
For more information, contact at the Institute for Public
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541)
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