Pax Christi International joins the International Peace Bureau in an appeal to defend the INF Treaty
13/12/18 - The International Peace Bureau (IPB), Pax Christi International and other IPB partners published an appeal to defend the INF Treaty on Saturday, the 8th of December 2018, in the Guardian newspaper.
The appeal, "Defend the INF Treaty", reads, in part:
President Trump’s threat to withdraw the USA from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty marks a dangerous escalation on the path to a 21st century US-Russian Cold War. The INF Treaty, which millions of people around the world fought for and won, was negotiated in 1987 and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
It led to the elimination and renunciation of deployments of all US and Russian nuclear and conventional ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,000 km. This dramatically reduced the danger of Europe becoming the primary theatre for nuclear war.
Abandoning the INF Treaty, combined with the possible expiry of the New START Treaty in 2021, will end all nuclear arms agreements between the two countries that possess more than 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons, opening the way for an unrestrained and dangerous nuclear arms race...