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Nuclear Arms Talks, Letter to The Guardian, 30 June 2011
The leaders of China, France, Russia, the UK and US are in Paris this week to discuss the future of their nuclear arsenals. Last year, these and over 180 other states met at the nuclear non-proliferation treaty review conference and agreed that all nuclear-weapon states must "undertake concrete disarmament efforts". Yet the British government's decision to develop the next generation of nuclear weapons is clearly incompatible with our commitments to disarm.
Source: The Guardian
The UK needs to show leadership in Paris and take concrete steps to build security without nuclear weapons. This will require a nuclear weapons convention, prohibiting use, development, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons and providing a timetable for their elimination. At the 2010 UN general assembly 133 states voted for the immediate start of negotiations on a nuclear abolition treaty. Our legal obligations require us to work for the complete and permanent abolition of all nuclear weapons – and we should begin with our own.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Julian Huppert MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Tessa Munt MP, Rebecca Johnson Acronym Institute, Kate Hudson CND, Tim Street ICAN-UK
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