Fighting nukes – Nunn to head group

CNN Founder Ted Turner and former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia are forming a nonprofit group to that aims to reduce the global threat of nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported Jan. 8.

Turner, who with Nunn will co-chair the group, said he would give $250 million to the new Nuclear Threat Initiative over the next five years. He already has pledged to donate $1 billion to the United Nations.

Turner said nuclear weapons represent “the greatest threat humanity faces” in the short term.

Nunn, who will be the group’s chief executive, said possible projects for the new group range from funding nonprofit grops to assisting the families of underpaid Russian scientists who formerly produced nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Nunn served on the Armed Services Committee for many years before retiring from the Senate in 1996. He recently headed a study to assess the effect that a well-funded private group could have on reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.

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