(AA) – More than a dozen demonstrators were arrested Tuesday in New York during an anti-nuclear weapons protest.
Protesters gathered in front of the United Nations headquarters and chanted “No more nukes!” on the second day of a UN conference to review the implementation of the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty.
At least 20 protesters were arrested for blocking the entrance to the U.S. Mission to the UN across the street from UN headquarters.
Some demonstrators carried placards with anti-nuclear weapons slogans such as “Dismantle All Nukes Now” and “Less Talk More Action Disarm Now.”
“It is the U.S.’s responsibility to live up to our agreement to the world in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty to get rid of our nuclear weapons as all the nuclear countries should,” said protester Jay Marx.
He said it was the West’s “double standard” to oppose Iran’s nuclear program without presenting evidence that showed Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons.
The U.S. and Russia possess more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads.
Ann Suellentrop, who joined the protest from Kansas City, Missouri, criticized the U.S. government’s plans to modernize the Kansas City Plant as a “huge waste of money.”
Established in 1949, the plant is responsible for manufacturing 85 percent of the non-nuclear components for America’s atomic arsenal.