President Trump’s intention to withdraw the US from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has been greeted with horror by Salisbury Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Signed by President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev in 1987, the treaty banned ground-launched nuclear missiles, and led to the elimination of 2,700. Trump had announced his intention to introduce a new generation of new “usable” battlefield nuclear weapons.
In a press statement, Salisbury CND member Loppy Oubridge, who lived at the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common where American Cruise missiles were based in the 1980s, said: “Women left homes and families to protest at Greenham, to preserve life on earth, to protect our children and grandchildren from Cruise missiles. Trump, in destroying the INF treaty, shows an ignorance and a disregard for life on earth incomprehensible to all sane people.”
CND stands resolutely against the return to the nuclear escalation of the Cold War, and equally condemns the UK Defence Secretary’s support for the Trump position, she added.