US Leadership to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Globally

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It is far too dangerous to keep global nuclear disarmament on the back burner.  Nuclear weapons pose the most immediate, overwhelming and devastating threat imaginable to our country and to civilization.  The only way to assure that these weapons are never used again is to abolish them forever.  Only the United States has the leadership capacity to bring the countries of the world together to achieve this goal.  It is time for the US to assert that leadership, and President-elect Obama has shown by his statements that he is prepared to lead on this issue.  We call upon him to make a strong public commitment to the abolition of nuclear weapons globally; to initiate bilateral negotiations with the Russians to take nuclear weapons off high alert status and to dramatically and verifiably reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the arsenals of our two nations; and to convene a meeting of the nuclear weapons states to initiate negotiations on a global treaty for the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of all nuclear weapons by the year 2020.  This would make the United States more secure, restore its credibility throughout the world, and be a gift to all humanity and all future generations.


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