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New York City: A 50-foot tall inflated mock nuclear missile will stand in front of the UN building at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza as delegates gather for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference on Tuesday. Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization, is calling attention to the need for the U.S. government to take a leadership role in nuclear disarmament.
Over 500 people from around the world are expected to participate in the event, including hibakusha (nuclear survivors from Japan), downwinders and indigenous people impacted by nuclear testing, and students. The NPT is a cornerstone of international agreements to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.
"The United States is undermining arms control by moving forward with Star Wars and new nuclear weapons production while failing to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," said Gordon Clark, the executive director of Peace Action. "These actions are provoking deep suspicions and strong objections from our allies and adversaries alike."
"Thirty years ago the United States along with other nuclear powers agreed to complete nuclear disarmament by ratifying the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The NPT is moving into a crucial phase where it can either become the foundation for disarmament that it was meant to be or a glaring symbol of dangerous inaction and hypocrisy." said Clark. "As the world's sole military superpower, the United States must assume leadership on the nuclear disarmament measures that will address the concerns of nations that might otherwise consider developing nuclear weapons."
The 50-foot tall mock nuclear missiles are touring the country throughout the year as part of Peace Action's campaign to highlight the need for nuclear disarmament. For a complete schedule of the Missile Stop Tour, call Jim Bridgman at Peace Action at (202) 862-9740 ext. 3041.