His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
Letter of Protest
On September 19, the United States conducted its 20th subcritical nuclear test at the underground nuclear test site in Nevada.
While the U.S. government demands that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program, you continue to conduct your own subcritical nuclear tests. You have declared that next year you will begin a series of new subcritical nuclear tests that are similar to underground nuclear tests. The inescapable conclusion is that you actually intend to use such weapons.
In the Peace Declaration delivered by Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 58th anniversary of the atomic bombing, we expressed our fears about the U.S. nuclear policy of championing the “rule of power” as you increase your prowess for waging nuclear warfare. Ignoring our call for the immediate abolition of nuclear weapons as you conduct one subcritical test after another demonstrates utter contempt for the A-bomb survivors and countless others seeking an end to nuclear weapons. On behalf of the Conference of Mayors for Peace, we vehemently protest this outrage.
This U.S. nuclear policy will collapse the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime, the central international agreement guiding the elimination of nuclear weapons, even as it invites new nuclear proliferation. We deeply fear that it will trigger a chain of events that will bring the annihilation of the human race.
The NPT Review Conference agreed on an “unequivocal undertaking by the nuclear weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals.” To prevent nuclear proliferation, we demand that the United States summon the will to abide by this commitment, ratify the CTBT immediately, cease all subcritical and other nuclear testing, and do everything within your power to make the 21st century peaceful and free of nuclear weapons.
September 20, 2003
The Conference of Mayors for Peace
|Tadatoshi Akiba||President||Mayor of Hiroshima|
|Iccho Itoh||Vice President||Mayor of Nagasaki|
|Stefano Bruni||Vice President||Mayor of Como|
|Herbert Schmalstieg||Vice President||Mayor of Hannover|
|Catherine Margate||Vice President||Mayor of Malakoff|
|Audrey Jones||Vice President||Mayor of Manchester|
|Jaime R. Fresnedi||Vice President||Mayor of Muntinlupa|
|Yuri Chekhov||Vice President||Mayor of Volgograd|