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Petition to Stop the NIF


Dear friends and web browsers:

This appeal asks both the USA and France to immediately halt the National Ignition Facility (at Livermore Lab in the U.S.) and Laser Megajoule (in Bordeaux, France) projects, and to declare a moratorium on all such explosive nuclear fusion programs with weapons applications.

Please download, sign and circulate. Completed appeals should be returned to Tri-Valley CAREs or to one of the other co-authoring organizations. Addresses are at the bottom of the petition.

Thank you!


International Appeal
Opposing U.S. And French
Explosive Nuclear Fusion Programs

We, the undersigned, state that:

France and the United States both have programs to develop high energy lasers to achieve explosive nuclear fusion, the National Ignition Facility (U.S.) and Megajoule (France).

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is currently under construction in the U.S., and Megajoule's funding will be approved by the French parliament in the fall of 1999.

The goals of NIF and Megajoule include achieving laboratory thermonuclear explosions and maintaining the two nations' respective nuclear weapons capabilities.

Both France and the U.S. have signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

NIF and Megajoule clearly violate the CTBT that commits the U.S. and France "not to carry out any nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion." Further, these programs are proliferation provocative by encouraging other nations to carry out similar activities.

Additionally, since the achievement of a CTBT was an explicit decision made in the context of the 1995 extension of the NPT, any activities which violate the CTBT should also be seen as violating the commitments made under the NPT.

THEREFORE, we urge the United States and France to respect their commitments to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty by discontinuing the National Ignition Facility and Megajoule, and immediately declaring a moratorium on all such programs.

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Please return completed appeals to:

In the U.S.: Sally Light, Tri-Valley CAREs, 2582 Old First Street, Livermore, CA 94550
Tel.: (925) 443-7148

Hisham Zerriffi, I.E.E.R., 6935 Laurel Ave., #204, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tel.: (301) 270-5500

In France:
Dominique Lalanne, Accelerateur Lineaire, 91405 Orsay, France
Tel.: 33 1 64 46 84 28