Speaking in Prague shortly after taking office, President Obama said, "As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it."
However, the U.S.' plans to "modernize" our nuclear weapons sends a message to the rest of the world that we are not serious about nuclear disarmament.
If the U.S. is truly going to lead on this issue, President Obama must take tangible actions, including taking nuclear weapons off high-alert status, declaring a "no first use" policy, and convening negotiations for the phased, verifiable and irreversible elimination of all nuclear weapons.
The risks are too great to continue with business as usual with nuclear weapons. Tell President Obama it's time for real leadership on nuclear disarmament.
Dear President Obama,
Speaking in Prague shortly after taking office, you said, "As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it."
We believe that the planned "modernization" of the United States' nuclear weapons, delivery systems and manufacturing facilities sends a message to the rest of the world that we are not accepting this leadership role that you identified so clearly in Prague.
This is an urgent topic that cannot be allowed to slip off our agenda. We encourage you to speak out again, this time in the US, emphasizing the following points:
- De-alert nuclear arsenals: We must join with the Russians to take our weapons off high-alert status.
- No First Use: All nuclear weapon states should have a policy of "No First Use," meaning that they pledge not to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict under any circumstances.
- Nuclear Weapons Convention: The US must provide leadership for a Convention for the phased, verifiable, transparent and irreversible elimination of all nuclear weapons.
The risks are too great to continue with business as usual with nuclear weapons. We urge you to assert leadership on this issue of critical importance to the human future.
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