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Response to Soleimani Killing

Scottish CND chair Lynn Jamieson said:

"The UK government should condemn actions which breed violence and undermine the international legal structures that support world peace. The US extra-judicial killings of seven people in Iraq, including General Qasem Soleimani, does all of this. The tearing up of the nuclear agreement with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia have also undermined peace and are escalating a new nuclear arms race. Russia has just last week announced that it has developed hypersonic missiles which can evade US missile defences while the UK is pushing ahead with new technology in smaller 'useable' nuclear weapons. We are in a situation when all these developments could readily collide. 

In this context the assassination of Soleimani is pouring yet more fuel on the multiple fires in the Middle East with massive implications. We are in the midst of a planetary crisis comprising the climate emergency and the increased threat of global nuclear war. As far as nuclear weapons are concerned the UK Government can act by example by supporting the UM Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons rather than continuing to develop a new arsenal of its own."

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