Members of the (YGLN), including NTI Program Officer Leon Ratz, today published an open letter to Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin urging the two leaders to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and extend New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).
“We are writing to you because we are gravely concerned by the possible collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and urge you to preserve the agreement, resolve compliance issues, and work to protect the nuclear arms control infrastructure that has underpinned global security for decades,” the letter said. “It is that security that allowed our generation to move past the constant fear of nuclear war. We now believe that security is at risk.” The group also called on the presidents to initiate a dialogue on strategic stability and to re-affirm Ronald Reagan’s statement that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”
Read the full text of the YGLN letter here.