This letter was published in the Morning Star on 1st October:
While I was really pleased you published my letter ("Labour has to tell the truth on Trident” M.Star, Sept.25), you added above the headline the strapline ‘Nuclear Deterrent.”
This is a misleading shorthand for Trident - favoured by its proponents, such as Tory ministers and the MOD - which my letter deliberately avoided, describing more accurately this deadly missile system as a ‘nuclear weapon of mass destruction’ (WMD).
The day after my letter was published, the United Nations General Assembly in New York held its long awaited (and once postponed) high-level meeting on the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
Secretary-General António Guterres surveyed the state of the disarmament debate during a high-level meeting of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. “A qualitative nuclear arms race is underway”,' he warned, and rising tensions, mistrust between nuclear-armed States ...
He rightly stressed “progress made in reducing the danger posed by nuclear arsenals has not only come to a halt, it is going in reverse”, and any use of a nuclear weapon in the future would ignite “a humanitarian catastrophe.”
He added the warning “A qualitative nuclear arms race is underway” stressing rising tensions, mistrust between nuclear-armed States, and muddy rhetoric about the utility of nuclear weapons are some of the factors to blame.
“The elimination of nuclear weapons has been the United Nations’ highest disarmament priority from day one,” S-G Guterres emphasied, with the conclusion “We strive for a world free of nuclear weapons because we know these weapons pose a unique and potentially existential threat to our planet.”
The UK disgracefully- but sadly not unexpectedly - boycotted the entire session.