CENSORED IN 1983:

DETAILED USSR NUCLEAR PROPOSAL IGNORED BY THE U.S.

When the USSR representatives walk out of arms control talks, President Reagan vilifies them and the U.S. press provides front page coverage to their militant posture. But when the USSR makes a detailed public proposal to remove the threat of nuclear war, it seems to fall on deaf ears.

Such a proposal was made on October 5, 1983, by Andrei Gromyko, First Deputy Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and USSR Minister of foreign Affairs, in two letters to Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Along with the letters were draft resolutions for freezing nuclear weapons and condemning nuclear war including the following points:

Urges all states having nuclear weapons to agree to freeze, under appropriate verification, all nuclear arms in their possession both in quantitative and qualitative terms, namely:

— To cease the buildup of all components of nuclear arsenals, including all kinds of nuclear weapons delivery systems and all kinds of nuclear weapons;

— Not to deploy nuclear arms of new kinds and types;

-To establish a moratorium on all tests of nuclear weapons and on tests of new kinds and types of delivery systems;

— To stop the production of fissionable materials for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons.

It also called for the USSR and the USA, which possess he largest nuclear arsenals, to freeze, in the first place and simultaneously, their nuclear arms on a bilateral basis by way of example to the other nuclear states.

When an “enemy” makes a detailed public proposal for peace and understanding, it deserves to be discussed and tested for sincerity. This did not happen to Gromyko’s proposal of October 5, 1983.

This article, which was published in Soviet Life Magazine, December 1983, was cited as the #3 censored story of 1983.

REPORTED IN 2010

OBAMA, MEDVEDEV SIGN TREATY TO CUT NUCLEAR ARMS

On April 8, 2010, the Associated Press reported, “Casting aside years of rancor, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev signed the biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation, lacing the moment with new warnings of sanctions for an intransigent Iran.

“The treaty, sealed after months of halting negotiation, is significant not just for what it does but for what it symbolizes: a fresh start for the United States and Russia, and evidence to a watching world that nuclear disarmament is more than a goal.

“The pact commits their nations to slash the number of strategic nuclear warheads by one-third and more than halve the number of missiles, submarines and bombers carrying them.”

Those who cannot remember the past

are condemned to repeat it!

-George Santayana