PNND Update

Dear friends,

According to the Washington Post and U.S. officials, President Obama is currently considering declaring a “no-first-use” policy for America’s nuclear arsenal, and possibly other executive actions to advance nuclear disarmament in his final months in office.

President Obama has already announced in his 2010 Nuclear Posture Review a commitment to move to 'sole purpose' (the only purpose of nuclear weapons being to deter other nuclear weapons) which is close to a no-first-use policy.

Both options have been resisted by pro-nuclear forces in the U.S. and in allies of the U.S. that are reliant on extended nuclear deterrence (Japan, South Korea and NATO countries).

The Washington Posts reports that opponents in the U.S. Congress are arguing that no-first-use would weaken the security of the 'allies that live under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, especially in Europe and Northeast Asia.'

In one measure of support from allied countries (and others), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) adopted a declaration on July 5 this year which supports no-first-use. The assembly includes parliamentary delegations from all NATO parliaments.

Additional voices from allied countries supporting no-first-use could be very helpful.

Suggestions for action:

  • Send a letter supporting no-first-use to your Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Foreign Minister (or meet them personally);
  • Submit an op-ed or letter to the editor on this issue to your national newspaper or to a key U.S. paper such as the Washington Post or New York Times;
  • Make a statement or motion in your parliament supporting no-first-use.
Please inform us of actions you take. We are in touch with the U.S. administration and with key Washington experts working on this issue and can inform them of key developments.

For more information see European Parliaments Demand ‘No-First-Use’ – Obama’s Nuclear Agenda Analysed, InDepth News

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a global network of legislators working on a range of initiatives to prevent nuclear proliferation and to achieve a nuclear weapons free world.

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