We are glad to note your assurance that the United States and the Soviet Union must find common ground on the nuclear testing issue. We must, however, also say that we were sorry to learn that you still believe that some level of nuclear testing will continue to be required in the future. And we were deeply disappointed by the news of the recent U.S. test.

We are convinced that a nuclear test ban is of great importance, for several reasons: first, the qualitative development of nuclear arms fosters the arms race. . . .

Second, both your country and the Soviet Union possess enough nuclear arms to destroy not only each other, but the whole world several times over.

Third, continued development of nuclear weapons by those who already have them would be detrimental to the efforts to prevent any further proliferation of nuclear arms to other countries. We believe that you share our concern about the effects of such a proliferation.

Fourth, we are convinced that it is possible to adequately verify compliance with any halt in nuclear testing, particularly since now both your country and the Soviet Union have declared that you are willing to accept on-site inspection. If there is political will and a sufficient degree of mutual confidence on both sides, a joint decision to stop testing could be reached without delay.

Fifth, there are many other needs in the world which require immediate attention, and where the resources now spent on development of nuclear arms could be better used. To fight hunger and poverty, illiteracy and disease must be more urgent goals for all of us than to further develop instruments which could lead to the ultimate destruction of humanity.