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In Support of Marshall Islands Lawsuit Against U.S. and Nuclear Powers

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An open letter to our community: 

 

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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. 

  

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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:  

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Robert Dodge, M.D. is a family physican practicing in Ventura, California. He is a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles (www.psrla.org) where he is a Peace and Security Ambassador. He sits on the board of the Nuclear Age (more...)
 
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