Letter from J K Sirothin, Campaign
for Nuclear Disarmanent member against Government legislation
of nuclear weapons
I am a member of the CND to where my Co-ordinator
has authorised me to write to you to give evidence to your inquiry
on Global Security: Non-proliferation this month.
The Treaty was signed in 1968 and came
into force in 1970 to where North Korea withdrew in 2003.
The points that I wish to make are as follows:
(i) The Non-Proliferation Treaty has been effective
in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries.
(ii) However, the P5 had nuclear weapons
authorised by NPT when the Treaty was signed in 1968 that
is quite different from saying that they can keep them for ever,
that is far from honouring their commitment under Article 6 of
the NPT, that are modernising their nuclear arsenals.
(iii) Unless there is a genuine movement on the
point of the P5, the NPT is in danger of collapse.
(iv) The UK could take a world lead in honouring
its commitments under Article 6 and abandoning plans to renew
(v) The agreement to site US missile defence
interceptors in Poland has produced a predictably dangerous response
(vi) The UK should refuse to allow the USA to
use the Yorkshire bases of Fylingdales and Menwith Hill for the
US missile defence system, which is leading to a new arms race.
If my dispute is turned down I shall complain
to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
1 September 2008