An open letter to our community:
Since 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has obligated nations to negotiate in good faith for complete nuclear disarmament -- a world without nuclear weapons.
Forty-four years later, with no negotiations in sight, the world has become a more dangerous place. Four more nations now have nuclear weapons, and the original five continue to invest in and modernize their nuclear forces. But one small nation has stood up to say "enough is enough."
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has taken action in the International Court of Justice and in U.S. Federal District Court to compel the nine nuclear weapon nations to comply with their obligations, under the NPT and customary international law, and begin negotiations for nuclear zero.
The Marshallese people know firsthand about the destructive consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons. From 1946 to 1958, the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear-weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, the equivalent explosive power of one-and-a-half Hiroshima bombs detonated daily for 12 years.
They seek no compensation through these legal actions. Rather, they act for the seven billion of us who live on this planet, to end the nuclear-weapon threat hanging over all humanity.
We at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) stand fully behind the Marshall Islands. For the past year, NAPF has served as a consultant to the RMI in support of this courageous initiative to fulfill the world's nuclear-disarmament obligation.
We understand, as they do, that the only way to keep our loved ones safe is to relentlessly strive for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. As world leaders have made clear:
"The nuclear club should be abolished and anybody who has a nuclear weapon is the enemy of mankind," said George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State.
"The failure of these countries to uphold important commitments and respect the law makes the world a more dangerous place. This is one of the most fundamental moral and legal questions of our time," said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate.
We at NAPF support all efforts that lead to negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons in a phased, verifiable, transparent and irreversible manner. We invite you to follow these important cases and learn more at nuclearzero.org.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Board of Directors
Steve Parry, Chair Robert F. Dodge, MD
Robert Laney, JD, Vice Chair Diandra de Morrell Douglas