Stop a New Round of U.S. Nuclear Missile Tests

From the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

In 1983, the U.S. Navy planned to name a nuclear submarine the U.S.S. Corpus Christi. Many protested naming a warship the “Body of Christ.” The compromise was to name the submarine the U.S.S. City of Corpus Christi. Not much of a compromise to my thinking.

This story does not quite fall to that level of inappropriateness. But it is close. There are plans to conduct nuclear tests on or near two important days for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. Act now to call for the cancellation of these tests.

Two dates this month have special significance to those who want to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons: the International Day of Peace (September 21) and the UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament (September 26).

Instead of honoring the significance of these dates and working in good faith to achieve nuclear disarmament, the United States has chosen to schedule two tests of its Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on September 22 and September 26.

Just hours after the International Day of Peace ends, the U.S. plans to launch a Minuteman III – the missile that delivers U.S. land-based nuclear weapons – from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Then, on the same day that most countries will send their head of state or foreign minister to New York for the UN’s first-ever High-Level Meeting on nuclear disarmament, the U.S. plans to send another Minuteman III missile from California to the Marshall Islands.

These missiles are designed to carry nuclear warheads capable of killing thousands of times more people than the chemical weapons used in Syria.

Your actions have helped stop Minuteman III tests before: in 2011 on the International Day of Peace, and in 2012 on the anniversary of the largest-ever nuclear weapon test conducted by the U.S. (Castle Bravo in the Marshall Islands).

We need your support to stop these two tests as well. Send a message to President Obama, telling him to cancel these two provocative nuclear missile tests and to attend the UN High-Level Meeting on September 26.

I called for these tests to be cancelled. You can too!

See you along the Trail.

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