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PM Thursday, June 1, 2006
Today the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission chaired by Hans
Blix presented its report "Weapons of Terror: Freeing the World
of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Arms" to UN Secretary General
The following nuclear disarmament specialists are available for
JOHN BURROUGHS, ,
Burroughs, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear
Policy, said today: "The Blix report rightly says that these catastrophic
devices are dangerous in anyone's hands; that the problems of existing
arsenals, potential spread, and potential acquisition by terrorists
are all linked; and that the problems can be solved only by a comprehensive
approach leading to elimination of all nuclear weapons."
JACQUELINE CABASSO, ,
Cabasso is executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation,
which focuses on nuclear policy issues. She said today: "The Commission
clearly holds the United States largely responsible for the present
crisis. By walking away from tried and true arms control treaties,
and by launching an illegal war in the name of 'counterproliferation,'
the U.S. has seriously undermined international law and endangered
international security." Cabasso offered one strong criticism of
the report, stating: "The Commission explores options for controlling
uranium enrichment and plutonium separation activities in order
to minimize the risks of proliferation associated with those activities.
But they fail to even mention the possibility of phasing out nuclear
JENNIFER NORDSTROM, ,
Nordstrom is project associate for Reaching Critical Will, a program
of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She highlighted
the report's statement that a "nuclear disarmament treaty is achievable
and can be reached through careful, sensible and practical measures."
Nordstrom cited activity of networks of civil society, such as the
Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, as well
as the existing Chemical Weapons Convention.
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