The Chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, stated in his guest commentary for the New York Times, titled „A Partnership Worth Saving“: „If elected as German chancellor, I would, for example, oppose the American president’s demands for enormous arms increases in Germany and Europe.“ Schulz expressed his… [Read More]
The non-governmental organisation ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) provides up-to-date and profound information and comment on the ongoing UN consultations towards a Nucelar Weapons Ban . You can find their documentation on the treaty draft, the proceeding negociations and ICAN comment here.
As a intermediate result of the recent negotiation between 132 UN member states in late march 2017, on May 22 a first draft of the United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons was released. This draft will be the basis of further negotiations from June 15 to July 7. Read the full text of the… [Read More]
Statement of William Perry, former Secretary of Defense for the United States, on the risks of the conflict about North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme (via “The Hill”).
18 organizations of the US peace movement started to collect signatures under the appeal to the members of the US Congress, to support the law amendment introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen. Ed Markey to change the launch procedures for nuclear weapons in order to prohibit the president of the USA from unilaterally ordering a nuclear first strike without a US Congress decision. By 15 April 2017 the petitition received 188,087 signatures —
To all U.S. Senators and Representatives:
We call on you to take action to ensure that no president can unilaterally launch a nuclear war.
U.S. nuclear launch procedures have been designed for speed, not for democratic decisions. The president (or his designee) is the only person who can order the use of nuclear weapons and there are no checks or balances on that authority.
As President Richard Nixon observed in 1974, “I can go back into my office and pick up the telephone and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead.”
While it should be inconceivable that any American president would conduct a nuclear first strike, President Trump’s past statements and erratic behavior make it imperative that we put checks and balances on nuclear launch authority.
Only Congress can declare war, and that authority should apply to a nuclear first strike as well. Please co-sponsor H.R. 669/S. 200 to make America and the world safer by prohibiting the president from unilaterally starting a nuclear war.