Politicians demand withdrawal of US nuclear arms

2nd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

2 May 2005, BERLIN - Politicians from the Greens, SPD and FDP have called for a withdrawal of American nuclear weapons from Germany, shortly before the beginning of a conference in New York on reviewing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

2 May 2005

BERLIN - Politicians from the Greens, SPD and FDP have called for a withdrawal of American nuclear weapons from Germany, shortly before the beginning of a conference in New York on reviewing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In remarks to the daily Berliner Zeitung on Monday, Green party chief Claudia Roth said that US nuclear weapons in Germany were "a relic of the Cold War." She added that there was no need for the weapons and that they should be "withdrawn and destroyed".

Roth emphasised that the aim of the NPT was complete nuclear disarmament, saying that nuclear states who do not fulfil their responsibility to disarm make measures towards non-proliferation more difficult.

FDP leader Guido Westerwelle also demanded a withdrawal of US nuclear weapons. "Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer should suggest the withdrawal of the remaining nuclear weapons from Germany at the nuclear weapon conference in New York," said Westerwelle, adding that the weapons had become superfluous since the end of the Cold War. "If they were used, their short range would mean that they could hit our European neighbours, in other words, our friends."

The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD, Gert Weisskirchen, made similar remarks, saying that, by withdrawing the atomic weapons, the US could "send a signal to Russia and get the disarmament process moving again."

The US is estimated to have around 150 tactical nuclear weapons stored at its bases in Ramstein and Büchel, although information about the exact number of nuclear warheads and their sites is classified.

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