Thousands march in New York for nuke-free world
Thousands of people joined in a march led by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in New York on Sunday to call for a nuclear-free world. The march, endorsed by hundreds of international and U.S.-based organizations, was held to coincide with the beginning of the 2010 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which brings together representatives from the 189 nations that are signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Noting that the Non-proliferation treaty specifically requires disarmament by nuclear-weapons states as part of a bargain with non-nuclear states that they not pursue nuclear weapons, march organizers demanded the global abolition of nuclear weapons, saying it would "serve as the leading edge of the global trend towards demilitarisation, and make advances in other areas of human aspiration possible."
At present, the nine nuclear weapons states -- The U.S., Russia, China, Israel, Britain, France, India, Pakistan and North Korea -- have a total of 23,000 nuclear warheads. The U.S. and Russia together have over 95% of these weapons. A treaty recently signed by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev will require both countries to cut deliverable strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 over seven years, about a third less than the 2,200 currently allowed under the 1991 START treaty.
Press TV (Iran) Thousands march for nuke-free world