White House Cancels Test of Nuclear-capable Missile on International Peace Day
September 21, 2011
David Krieger / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation & The Salem News
The White House has cancelled the test-launch of a nuclear-capable Minuteman III missile set for September 21. The planned military test was cancelled after thousands of citizens wrote Washington to point out that the United Nations has declared September 21 to be "International Peace Day." The Pentagon has reportedly rescheduled the test.
Success! US Cancels Nuclear Missile Test
On International Day of Peace
David Krieger / Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
(September 20, 2011) -- Great news! Over 7,000 Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Action Alert Network members wrote to President Obama in response to our alert about the planned US Minuteman III nuclear-capable missile test on the International Day of Peace. On Friday, the Air Force Global Strike Command announced that the test has been postponed. The International Day of Peace will now be a more peaceful day.
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US to Launch Nuclear-Capable Missile from Vandenberg on International Day of Peace
(September 15, 2011) -- The launch will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a target in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
An annual International Day of Peace was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as a day for "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."
In 2001, the General Assembly declared in its Resolution 55/282 that "the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day."
David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, said, "Missile testing is a provocative act, not a peaceful one, and is particularly inappropriate on the International Day of Peace. Rather than testing one of its nuclear-capable missiles, the US should be taking steps to further the goals of peace and nuclear disarmament on this important day. To build a more peaceful world, US leadership is critical."
As Air Force Colonel David Bliesner has pointed out, "Minuteman III test launches demonstrate our nation's ICBM capability in a very visible way, deterring potential adversaries while reassuring allies." Such a test will send a strong message to the world that the US places its nuclear missile testing program above the cooperative spirit of the International Day of Peace.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation has initiated an Action Alert in which thousands of citizens around the country have sent messages to President Obama urging him to cancel the planned missile test and take other steps that would contribute to the International Day of Peace, including taking all US nuclear weapons off of high-alert status.