Protesters to demand 'stop Trump's arms race' at US Embassy

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The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is set to protest outside the US embassy today (10 January 2017) to demand an end to Donald Trump's arms race, coinciding with his presidential inauguration. Thousands are expected as part of a series of co-ordinated protests.

Organisers of the protest say that a number of comments made by the US president elect could provoked a rise in international tensions and has made nuclear confrontation more likely.

Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: "Donald Trump has sparked fear across the world with a series of provocative statements. He has called for the expansion of the US nuclear capability, the tearing up of the Iran nuclear deal, and he appeared to welcome a possible arms race in Asia.

"These are not the worlds of a president looking to build peace in the world. It's absolutely essential that civil society responds. We cannot solve serious international problems with this bulldog approach to foreign policy. Encouraging more countries to develop their own nuclear weapons breaks with years of negotiations through the non-proliferation treaty to reduce nuclear stockpiles and work towards global abolition"

She concluded: "Our government should respond to this emerging threat by supporting negotiations at the United Nations in 2017 for a global nuclear ban. Britain needs to lead through example, not blind support for the policy whims of the US president."

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