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In the wake of the flurry of attention on the possible agreement between Iran and world powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is calling on known nuclear weapons states to begin disarming their atomic arsenals.

He wrote in the Guardian, “I sincerely believe that the nuclear agreement between my country—a non-nuclear-weapon state—and the P5+1 is symbolically significant enough to kickstart this paradigm shift and mark the beginning of a new era for the non-proliferation regime.” The P5+1, a group of six world powers, controls nearly all of the 19,000 nuclear warheads on Earth.

According to, there is no public evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program.

“Iran has indeed concealed its program in the past. Just as other countries have done, like Israel for example, which still refuses to confirm its nuclear status. But it’s critical to point out as well that, according to U.S. intelligence estimates in 2007, Iran abandoned its plan to pursue a nuclear weapon in 2003, and no evidence has emerged since then to suggest otherwise. However, Iran has continued with its nuclear program for purposes permitted under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” according to Common Dreams.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has an ongoing nuclear weapons program.

In a glossy publication — devoted to the military industries and professionals in charge of planning for or responding to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosives threat or incident — CBRNe World lavishly advertises and illustrates the possibly addictive excitement of weapons and profit. And the colorful ads by Lockheed Martin, Emergent Biosolutions, Battelle and more, are to peace activists in nightmarish contrast to the peace-crane mindset that dominated the activist world Aug. 6 and 9 — two days many people somberly acknowledged the 70th anniversary of the tragic U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder works to bring peace and justice to all spheres of life — the environment, through ecological responsibility; society, through helping to restore and create both political and economic justice; animal rights; for an end to nuclear weapons and nuclear power; and the full cleanup of the staggering amount of radioactive waste — through nonviolent, peaceful strategies.

If you’d like to learn more about what the Center stands for, feel free to join us for a vegan picnic tonight at Eben G. Fine Park, at 1st and Arapahoe in Boulder from 4-7 p.m..

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s “Peace Train” runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.