FORTY NINE OUTSTANDING AMERICAN SCIENTISTS, NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS OF VARIOUS YEARS IN THE FIELD OF PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MEDICINE AND ECONOMICS, SENT AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CLINTON ON JULY 6 URGING THE US ADMINISTRATION NOT TO ADOPT THE DECISION ON THE DEPLOYMENT OF A NATIONAL ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM, WHICH IS PROHIBITED BY THE 1972 ABM TREATY ¹ 668
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Forty nine outstanding American scientists, Nobel Prize winners of various years in the field of physics, chemistry, medicine and economics, sent an open letter to President Clinton on July 6 urging the US administration not to adopt the decision on the deployment of a national anti-missile defense system, which is prohibited by the 1972 ABM Treaty. The letter stresses that the creation of a national ABM system cannot be substantiated either by military, political or economic considerations. In the opinion of these American scientists, any advance towards the deployment of such a system would be "a dangerous step inflicting tremendous damage to the interests of the national security of the United States" and would only result in a new arms race in the world.
This profound concern for the fate of the world is shared in Russia, especially as the Pentagon has announced new tests within the framework of the national ABM system.
We would like to hope that they in the White House will heed this authoritative view of outstanding scientists, real American patriots, and literally heed "the voice of public reason".
July 7, 2000