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Subcritical nuclear test in Nevada

Letter of protest

The Right Honourable Anthony Charles Lynton Blair
Prime Minister
The United Kingdom

Letter of Protest

The United Kingdom, in conjunction with the US, conducted a subcritical nuclear test at the American underground test site in Nevada on February 23.

With the international community gravely concerned about nuclear proliferation, the UK purports to be leading the effort to find a peaceful resolution to the problem of Iran's nuclear program, yet you conduct a subcritical nuclear test, a clear indication that you are developing new nuclear weapons. Such behavior is intolerable. You have brought the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the international agreement regarding nuclear weapons, to the brink of collapse, and, we fear, are provoking a new round of proliferation.

Mayors for Peace is now conducting an Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons that has been endorsed by the US Conference of Mayors, the US National Conference of Black Mayors, the European Parliament, the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, and many other organizations around the world. The vast majority of people and nations on this planet desire the total abolition of nuclear weapons, yet you utterly discount them and conduct a subcritical nuclear test. We are outraged by your trampling on the hopes and desires of the A-bomb survivors and countless millions around the world seeking liberation from nuclear weapons, and, on behalf of the 1,285 cities in 115 countries and territories that are members of the Mayors for Peace, we vehemently protest.

While demanding that non-nuclear-weapon states abandon their nuclear programs, nuclear-weapon states have failed to fulfill the promise of "an unequivocal undertaking to accomplish the total elimination of [their] nuclear arsenals" made at the NPT Review Conference in 2000. This double standard is provoking nuclear proliferation. The prevention of proliferation will require, above all, cooperation and monitoring by the international community. Thus, we urge you halt all nuclear testing, including subcritical testing, and take the lead in a convincing effort to build a genuinely peaceful 21st century free from nuclear weapons.

February 24, 2006

The Conference of Mayors for Peace

Tadatoshi Akiba, President Mayor of Hiroshima
Iccho Itoh, Vice President Mayor of Nagasaki
Herbert Schmalstieg, Vice President Mayor of Hannover
Catherine Margate, Vice President Mayor of Malakoff
Mohammed Afzal Khan, Vice President Mayor of Manchester
Jaime R. Fresnedi, Vice President Mayor of Muntinlupa
Eugeny P. Ishchenko, Vice President Mayor of Volgograd
Donald L. Plusquellic, Vice President Mayor of Akron
Garry Moore, Vice President Mayor of Christchurch
Leonardo Domenici, Vice President Mayor of Florence
Patrik Vankrunkelsven, Vice President Mayor of Laakdal