March 28: At a media briefing for journalists at the United Nations in New York today, nuclear disarmament experts and campaigners from Abolition 2000 member organizations highlighted the critical need for successful diplomacy on nuclear-weapons related conflicts, including in Northeast Asia, between the US/NATO and Russia, and at the upcoming UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament.
“Putin’s March 1 speech and the February 2 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review make clear that Russia and the United States are poised to resume nuclear arms racing on a scale not seen since the dark days of the Cold War,” said John Burroughs, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA) and UN Representative for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
“Arms racing is dangerous in itself. It also is contrary to the Nonproliferation Treaty obligation to negotiate ‘cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date.’ Russia and the United States should seize every opportunity to put the threatened nuclear arms race in reverse.”
An Open Letter to the Leaders of USA, South Korea and North Korea signed by more than 100 US civil society groups, was released at the UN media briefing by Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation. The letter expressed support for the upcoming inter-Korean summit in April and the US-DPRK summit in May, and urged the leaders “to patiently and diligently seek common ground.”