No Nuclear Weapons. Why Not?
NYTimes Letter, Published: May 16, 2009. Located at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/17/opinion/l17nukes.html?_r=1.
In response to “The Trouble With Zero,” by Philip
Taubman (Week in Review, May 10): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/weekinreview/10taubman.html?ref=opinion.
To the Editor:
“The Trouble With Zero” states that the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty “has proved ineffectual in moving the world toward
nuclear disarmament.” It does not, however, say that a major
cause of this stalemate has been the continuing lack of compliance
by the United States, and the other nuclear weapon states, with
the obligation of Article VI of the treaty to negotiate in good
faith toward complete nuclear disarmament.
But in a message sent earlier this month to the Nuclear Nonproliferation
Treaty meeting at the United Nations, President Obama assured
the delegates of his commitment to take concrete steps to “seek
the peace and security of a world free of nuclear weapons.”
This is a significant change from the past.
Elizabeth J. Shafer
New York, May 10, 2009
The writers are, respectively, the president and vice president
of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy.