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Resolution on National Missile Defense and Theatre Missile Defence of the USA
November 13, 2000

This National Convention for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace condemns unequivocally the proposal of the US Government to deploy so-called National Missile Defence (NMD) and Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) systems. While this programme may be currently on hold under the

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Clinton administration, it is more than likely that the next administration under the pressure of defence contractors will actually deploy Nuclear Missile Defence and Theatre Missile Defence systems.

The promotion of the Nuclear Missile Defence and the Theatre Missile Defence in the US political arena has all the hallmarks of the manner in which the US nuclear programme has been expanded, refined and sharpened. Fraudulent test (or improperly designed ones) are used to argue that the technology for this exists and can be developed and deployed. International treaties like the Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty are sought to be circumvented or undermined or rejected. New bogus threats, like the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of so-called 'rogue states' are created to justify the programmes. Objective opinion concurs that even against 'nuclear' terrorist threats, NMD and TMD make little sense.

The very discussion of the proposals for the NMD and the TMD in the US have evoked strong reactions from other Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) and any pursuit of these programmes will only harden the nuclear doctrine, strategies and postures of the other NWS. The pursuit of the NMD and the TMD will be a serious blow to the cause of global nuclear disarmament. This conference considers it a crucial task of the global anti-nuclear weapons movement to mobilize vigorously against these programmes. This conference calls on the Government of India to resolutely and forcefully record the opposition of the Indian people to the NMD and the TMD in all international fora.

November 13, 2000
New Delhi
Organising Committee,
National Convention for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace