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March 2013 Edition NSP News

"The pace of work doesn't now match the urgency of the threat. The consequences of inaction are potentially catastrophic."
George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn


Today, George Shultz, Bill Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn called for urgent attention on the nuclear threat and outlined key areas for President Obama and world leaders to address. With the 4th anniversary of President Obama's Prague speech fast approaching in April, this non-partisan call appeared in a new op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal.

In the piece, the Four call for global effort to "reduce reliance on nuclear weapons, prevent their spread, and ultimately end them as a threat to the world."

Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn identify several areas requiring urgent consideration:
• Securing nuclear material to prevent catastrophic nuclear terrorism
• Changes in the deployment patterns of the two largest nuclear powers to increase decision time for leaders
• Actions following New START
• A new verification and transparency initiative
• A joint enterprise with common objectives to achieve progress on specific steps.

This is the fifth op-ed published by the Four in the Wall Street Journal since their first piece in January 2007 identifying practical steps toward the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

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