A protest against a
subcritical nuclear test by US government
May 25, 2004
Mr. George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
We protest against a subcritical nuclear test by US government and
demand it be cancelled immediately.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would conduct an underground
nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on May 25 (local time).
The US government repeats itself on the purpose of the test that it is
necessary to maintain the safety and reliability of U.S. nuclear arsenals.
The Bush administration, however, has started the research and development
of the so-called mini-nukes, and promoted a plan of resuming nuclear explosion
testing to make nuclear weapons usable without making distinction from
conventional arms. It is obvious that subcritical nuclear testing is a
part of the program. It is natural for the peoples of the world to have
a grave concern on the testing.
We must also point out that the promoting of nuclear weapons development
has been the greatest incentive for other countries to develop nuclear
weapons and has amounted to be the very cause of "nuclear proliferation.
We protest against the testing and demand that your government cancel
all nuclear weapons testing programs. We demand that your government ratify
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. You should implement without delay
the "unequivocal undertaking" to accomplish the total elimination
of nuclear arsenals, upon which the US Administration agreed in May 2000.
Japan Council against A & H Bombs (Gensuikyo)