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Arms Control Treaties

Physicians for Social Responsibility's Security Program is primarily focused on the development of institutions and treaties to help build the necessary international consensus to move towards global disarmament. This section covers the Strategic Arms Reduction, Comprehensive Test Ban, Non-Proliferation, and Fissile Material Cut-off Treaties which represent steps to PSR's overal goal of the abolition of nuclear weapons.

PSR work with lawmakers to signal the clear and devestating medical consequences of even the detonation of one of these devices as well as the health risks associated with the production, transportation, and storage of nuclear weapons. Our work centers around spreading awareness of these medical consequences, a robust grassroots program that puts pressure on members of Congress, and building support for these treaties in the general public.

This section includes information on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), and the Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC). The START includes information on this bi-lateral treaty between Russia and the United States that has been used to make reductions in each country's nuclear arsenals in an effort to reduce the two biggest arsenals in the world. The CTBT describes the international effort to ban the testing of nuclear weapons and the urgency for the United States to ratify this Treaty. The NPT is a cornerstone of the nuclear disarmament effort and marks a promise from non-nuclear weapon states not to pursue a nukes program with the understanding that nuclear weapon states will take immediate action to move their country towards disarmament. Finally, the NWC represents an effort to propose an international treaty similar to the Biological Weapons Convention that would outlaw the possession and use of nuclear weapons world-wide.

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