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US / India nuclear weapons tests
31 March 2000
Letter to Editor, Chronicle
Dear Editor-The audacity of our president is astounding. He went to India and told them that "most of the world is moving toward the elimination of nuclear weapons."
On the one hand, it is nice to hear President Clinton embrace the concept of abolishing nuclear weapons; on the other hand, this administration has confounded all attempts to move the world toward nuclear abolition.
On the day of his speech in India, the United States tested a nuclear weapon at the Nevada test Site. This test was part of a $4.18 billion program to develop new nuclear weapons capabilities. the program is called the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program, which is an odd name for a program that spends less than 10 percent of its budget on stewardship of the nuclear weapons stockpile.
When India stunned the world by testing a nuclear weapon two years ago, they cited the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program as an indication the the United States had no intention of h honoring its obligation under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. In Article VI of that treaty, the United States agreed to complete nuclear disarmament. That treaty was signed 25 years ago.
For 23 years, India called on the U.S. and all nuclear nations to honor their treaty obligations. For 23 years, they were rebuffed. Now that India has joined the nuclear club, Clinton goes over there and tell them they've made a terrible mistake. Incredible.
Andrew Page/California Peace Action-Berkeley, Ca..