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Friday, 19. July 2024

New PSR letter to President Obama


PSR has sent the following letter to President Obama, calling on the US to support inclusion of a call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention in the outcome document of the NPT Review Conference.

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Dear President Obama,

Since taking office last year you have positively transformed the international debate about nuclear weapons.  Your historic call for a world free of nuclear weapons has reverberated around the globe.
Faster than many of us thought possible, the call for nuclear abolition has been taken up by leaders around the world, and what once seemed like a distant dream now seems like an attainable reality.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference currently underway has provided an historic opportunity to add further momentum to this growing movement.  More than 60 countries at the Conference are urging the nuclear weapons states to begin discussions of a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Such a move would show that we are serious about meeting our obligations under Article VI and would help to undo the great damage inflicted on the non-proliferation regime by US actions under the previous administration.  More importantly, it would re-establish nuclear disarmament as the agreed upon goal of the international community.

It is our hope that the US would support inclusion of a call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention in the outcomes document. Opposing such a call may undermine the progress you have made in the last year and raise questions about whether the US and other nuclear weapons states seek to maintain their monopoly on these weapons.

Since you took office, PSR has been working hard to secure Senate ratification of the CTBT and New START.  We see these as the critical next steps on the path to nuclear abolition, and vitally important measures in their own right.  We recognize and support your leadership on these issues.  But we do not feel that focusing on these urgently needed immediate steps should preclude pursuing the broader goal of eliminating nuclear weapons, and share your conviction that the abolition of these weapons is, in fact, essential to our national security.

Please seize this incredible opportunity to move us forward on the path to a world free of nuclear weapons, and support the call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention being put forward by so many nations at the Review Conference.


Jeffrey Patterson, DO
Physicians for Social Responsibility

Peter Wilk, MD
Executive Director
Physicians for Social Responsibility