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They will announced their plans in Washington on Thursday at a 1 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

In addition to Mr. Burt, the leaders of the anti-nuclear crusade include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former Pakistani Foreign Minister Shaharyar Khan, retired Indian Air Chief Shashindra Pal Tyagi, former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, British billionaire Richard Branson and Queen Noor of Jordan.

An estimated 20,000 nuclear weapons are held by the Britain, China, France, India, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States. Israel is also thought to have nuclear weapons. As a first step, Global Zero hopes to build support for new negotiations between Russia and the United States to cut 1,000 weapons from their nuclear arsenals of about 5,000 each.

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