One of the major points of contention is the U.S. deployment of missile defense systems surrounding Russia in the name of countering the “threat” from Iran and North Korea. Also, the US decision to deploy THAAD in South Korea is aggravating tensions with China. Bilateral arms reduction talks between Russia and the U.S. have stopped and the U.S. is modernizing its nuclear arsenal with plans to spend a $1 trillion in the next ten years. We believe that progress towards nuclear disarmament would be impossible without stopping missile defense systems and controlling or banning space weapons.
Jürgen Scheffran, INES, University of Hamburg
Dave Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Monica Zoppe, Pugwash/National Research Council, TBD
Regina Hagen, TBD