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New group against nuclear weapons ban

A NEW campaign entitled Global Zero has been launched in Paris by a group of 100 leading international figures to eliminate nuclear weapons.

According to the group who are seeking practical steps towards nuclear abolition as well as public support for that goal, the risk of nuclear weapons spreading to unstable countries or getting into the hands of extremist groups is too great.

The first conference took place on Monday with a presentation on what would happen to Paris in the event of a nuclear detonation before moving towards a discussion of what “Getting to Zero” would mean in practical steps, for example the need for an intrusive system of inspections to ensure no country was evading its obligations.

The group believes that reducing the US and Russian stockpiles, which make up 96 per cent of all the world’s nuclear weapons should be among the first steps.

Signatories for Global Zero include former US President Jimmy Carter, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, businessman Sir Richard Branson, and Ehsan Ul-Haq, and the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Pakistan, among others.

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