KRON4, July 15, 2005
Steven Seagal's How to Dismantle a Nuclear Bomb; Hosts 'Full Circle' to Return 'Atomic Flame' From Hiroshima to Test Site
SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 /PRNewswire/
Actor and life-long musician STEVEN SEAGAL will lead the way as the first individual to personally sponsor the disarming and disposal of a "high risk" Russian nuclear missile with a donation of $100,000.
SEAGAL will mark the event by hosting the "Full Circle" ceremony Saturday, July 16th in San Francisco where the "Atomic Flame" will arrive from Japan aboard the Nippon Maru. The "Flame" was kindled from the burning embers of Hiroshima 60 years ago, after the world's first atomic bomb was dropped.
Protected by Zen Monks, the original flame still burns today and has become a symbol of hope for peace and a reminder of the horrors of nuclear weapons. Joined by peace groups from around world, the monks will walk 1600 miles from San Francisco to Trinity Test Site in Trinity Site, New Mexico. Once returned to its origin, the flame will be extinguished, closing a 60-year circle of fear.
A long time resident of Japan, SEAGAL says, "I have been blessed to know many survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and their spirit for living drives my determination to make this world a safer place." He continues, "30,000 nuclear warheads still exist today with 100,000 times more destructive power than Hiroshima. It's our responsibility as global citizens to rid the world of this imminent threat."
Dr. Bruce Blair of the multi-national Center for Defense Information in Washington, DC echoes this threat in today's precarious world: "In the age of cyber terrorism, high security hacking makes the reality of an unintended nuclear exchange a stone-cold possibility."
Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council International Affairs Committee supported the idea of a global fund to help accelerate the destruction of nuclear weapons. "It gives the Russian government an opportunity to show their leadership and commitment to disarmament issues."
The fund is to be administered by The Nuclear Weapons Abolition Alliance, and it is sending an official delegation to Russia next month to begin scheduling of destruction of its first weapon. (www.GNDFund.org.)
SEAGAL will debut his album SONGS FROM THE CRYSTAL CAVE early 2006 in the U.S. The album, with self-penned songs as "Don't You Cry," "War," "Better Man" and "My God," was already released in France and will be available in Asia in September.
CONTACT: Lathum Nelson, MSO PR, +1-818-380-0400 x227, for Steven Seagal
Web site: http://www.GNDFund.org/
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