Saturday is the official International Day of Peace. Thursday is the opening of high-level nuclear disarmament talks at the United Nations in New York.
Those two dates set a particularly embarrassing bookend for the US, which is planning a pair of test launches for nuclear-capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) during the same period.
Once the day of peace is over, the first of the ICBMs will launch promptly on Sunday, according to officials familiar with the schedule, and will be sent from Vandenberg AFB to the Marshall Islands. A second test is set to coincide with the opening of the disarmament conference.
Nuclear disarmament groups are sharply critical of the tests, and even moreso of the timing, saying that the tests are a “slap in the face” to the conference goers that are supposed to be discussing a universal ban on the arms.
While President Obama has made much of supporting disarmament in theory, in practice the US, and all the other permanent members of the UN Security Council, have opposed a universal ban on them, and the US and others continue to pour money into “modernization” efforts of the hugely expensive weapons.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Suicide Bombers Hit Afghan Shi'ite Mosques, Killing 72 - October 20th, 2017
- Israeli Tanks Attack Syrian Army Post Over Errant Mortar Fire - October 19th, 2017
- Syrian Kurds Holding Foreign ISIS Leaders - October 19th, 2017
- ISIS Seizes Villages South of Kirkuk as Iraq Focuses on Kurds - October 19th, 2017
- Pentagon Opens Niger Ambush Probe, Seeking Details on What Happened - October 19th, 2017