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your LETTERS: The nuclear threat still with us.

Byline: Donald Saunders

THIS weekend, on August 6, it will be the 60th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki. Over 250,000 people were killed in seconds.

Britain, along with other countries, agreed in 1968 to eliminate their nuclear arsenals when they agreed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Yet the four British Trident submarines still operate and deploy 200 nuclear warheads yielding around 14.4 megatons - roughly 1000 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima!

To make matters worse, consideration is being given to a replacement for the Trident system and development has begun at the Atomic weapons Establishment at Aldermaston in preparation for production for this. Our government has also stated that it would be prepared to use nuclear weapons in a first strike capacity.

The real danger to life on this planet could be put at risk if these horrible weapons are used on any scale - these are real weapons of mass destruction.

In our own interest and for the safety of the world steps should be taken now to bring about the abolition of all nuclear weapons before it is too late

Donald Saunders, Rhos-on-Sea
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Aug 2, 2005
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