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New ‘No First Use’ Campaign Urges All Nuclear-Armed Nations to End First Strike Policies
WASHINGTON - Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons spearheaded by 300 eminent world leaders, today launched a new global “No First Use” campaign to convince the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations to commit to never using nuclear weapons first. Establishing “No First Use” globally would dramatically reduce the risk of any nuclear use, stabilize crises and enable deep reductions in nuclear forces.
Global Zero’s No First Use campaign begins in the United States, urging members of Congress to support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s and Representative Adam Smith’s “No First Use Act” (S.272/H.R.921), which would make it the policy of the United States to never use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. This would lower the risk of nuclear war and carve out a path that other nuclear-armed nations could safely follow. The “No First Use Act” would also immediately begin to address the undemocratic system that empowers an American President to unilaterally start nuclear war by making such a launch order illegal.
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Another recent study by Global Zero confirmed President Ronald Reagan’s maxim that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought”: an estimated that 30% of the total population of the top 145 biggest cities in the United States — 21 million Americans — would perish in a Russian nuclear counterattack. To put that in perspective, in the first 24 hours the U.S. death toll would be 50 times greater than all American casualties in World War II.
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Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. It is led by more than 300 eminent world leaders and backed by a half a million citizens worldwide. For more information, please visitwww.globalzero.org.