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Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285,

Largest Peace Group: Biden Speech Right Direction on Nukes, But Funding Weapon Upgrades Wrong


In response to today's speech on nuclear weapons by Vice President Biden at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, Peace Action's - a group founded in 1957 to abolish nuclear weapons and the largest grassroots peace organization - policy director, Paul Kawika Martin, stated the following after attending the speech:

"Peace Action applauds the Obama Administration's vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. In his speech, Vice President Biden rightly focused on negotiating and ratifying a new START treaty, ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), increasing funding to secure nuclear weapons and moving towards a treaty to ban fissile materials.

"Despite independent analysis that the U.S. stockpile is secure and reliable, Biden wrongly stated the need to 'modernize' nuclear weapons facilities. Instead of spending $7 billion on facilities to upgrade nuclear weapons, that money would be more wisely spent on increasing the rate of dismantling the U.S. stockpile. Fewer nuclear weapons makes Americans safer and sends the right message to the rest of the world.

"We hope the President takes advantage of the upcoming nuclear security summit and the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review conference to start negotiating an international agreement to finally rid the world of nuclear weapons. Tens of thousands of people from around the world will be at the NPT call for just that."

Peace Action is the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.