Sie erinnern an die Verpflichtungen der USA aus Art.VI des Atomwaffen- Nichtverbreitungsvertrags (NPT) zu ernsthaften Verhandlungen über die Abrüstung der Atomwaffen
Am 11.Januar 2018 veröffentlichte der investigative Journalist Ashley Feinberg in der „Huffington Post“ den ihm zugespielten Entwurf der für Februar 2018 angekündigten Fortschreibung der US-Atompolitik , des „US Nuclear Posture Review“ mit einer radikalen Abwendung von der Atompolitik der letzten US-Präsidenten.
Hier ein Artikel von Alyn Ware zu dem Brief der Senatoren
Senators Fear Trump Administration Nuclear Posture Review Policies “Raise the
Real Possibility of Nuclear Conflict”
16 Senators urge President Trump to reconsider efforts that would undermine
decades of U.S. nonproliferation leadership by building new nuclear weapons,
lowering threshold for use
PNND Co-President Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Senators Dianne
Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have
led a dozen of their Senate colleagues in calling on President Donald Trump to
reconsider policies outlined in a leaked draft of its Nuclear Posture Review
(NPR). They criticize the NPR for outlining the development of new nuclear
weapons and reintroduction of Cold War-era weapons systems that would be
unnecessary and destabilizing.
In a letter sent to President Trump
Senators write that taking these steps would increase America’s nuclear
warfighting capability and raise the chances of a miscalculation that could lead
to a nuclear exchange. The Senators also expressed concern that the new weapons
and missions would require additional funding beyond the $1.7 trillion the
Congressional Budget Office estimates it would cost to modernize existing U.S.
The Senators write to President Trump that “/In addition to being fiscally
irresponsible, your policies run counter to America’s obligations under the 1968
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Indeed, reports indicate that your NPR
at present hardly mentions the NPT and neglects to mention altogether our
Article VI commitment to ‘*pursue negotiations in good faith on effective
measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to
Other senators signing the letter include Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina
Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Patty
Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker
(D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris
(D-Calif.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).
Senator Markey (D-Mass.): „A Roadmap for Nuclear War“
“The reported contents of the Trump administration’s forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review are a roadmap for nuclear war,” said Senator Markey. “President Trump’s fixation on the size of his ‘nuclear button’ is reflected in a document that outlines an unnecessary expansion of America’s nuclear arsenal. Simply put, President Trump wants new nuclear weapons and more ways to use them. We don’t need new nuclear weapons, ‘low yield’ or otherwise, and we certainly should not be creating more ambiguity about the military scenarios in which we might use our nuclear weapons.