June 12, 2018: As a past president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, I am extremely happy that the US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un have agreed to ensure the abolition of the development and testing of nuclear weapons. This is an important milestone in the movement for a nuclear weapon free world.
The Nobel Peace Prize 1995 was awarded jointly to Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs “for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms”.
I hope this historic agreement will stimulate the countries which have not yet signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to endorse the treaty without further delay. We are thus in a position to follow the advice of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein who had made the following statement
“Remember your humanity and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way is open to a new paradise; if you cannot, there has before you the risk of universal death”
12 June 2018 will go in the history of human kind as an important day for global peace and harmony.