On April 5th, 2009, President Obama delivered a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, on the subject of nuclear non-proliferation. This landmark speech included bold commitments to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and made “a world without nuclear weapons” the goal of American nuclear policy. (Watch or read the speech)
For the first time, we are poised to see concrete progress toward achieving the safety of a nuclear weapons free world. President Obama explicitly defined steps to achieve this goal by working with the international community:
- Reducing the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy
- Negotiating a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia with deep, verifiable reductions to both countries' arsenals
- "Immediately and aggressively” pursuing ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
- Negotiating a treaty to verifiably end the production of fissile materials
- Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
- Expanding international inspections to detect treaty violations
- An international effort to prevent nuclear terrorism by securing loose nuclear material
- Hosting a Global Summit on Nuclear Security within the next year
The world today is threatened by Iranian uranium enrichment, the North Korean nuclear program, and the prospect of nuclear terrorism. Addressing these threats requires a comprehensive approach and commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, which requires international cooperation.
This international cooperation requires leadership from the United States, and President Obama needs Congress to stand behind these goals to achieve success. Crucial treaties such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty require a 2/3 majority in the Senate, so every Senator’s vote is critical in the prospects for a safer tomorrow.
Since its earliest days, the Jewish tradition has warned of the dangers of militarism and warfare. From the prophets’ dreams of the time when nations would beat their swords into plowshares to today’s aspirations of a nuclear-weapons-free world, we have sought to avoid armed conflict and not yield to despair in the search for universal peace.
Ask your member of Congress to join you in supporting President Obama's bold plan to lead the effort toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121, or you can send an e-mail by entering your zip code below. For more information, contact Legislative Assistant Liz Piper-Goldberg at 202.387.2800.