German sues govt to remove US nuclear warheads

July 14, 2011 20:01


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BERLIN - A peace activist is suing the German government demanding US nuclear weapons be removed from a military base near her home, although their presence has never been confirmed, a court spokesman said on Thursday.

Some 20 US nuclear warheads are thought to be stationed at a military base in the western town of Buechel, according to unofficial estimates. The US embassy in Berlin said it does not comment on nuclear weapons in Germany.

In the suit, activist Elke Koller said the nuclear weapons are in violation of Germany's constitutional "peace" commandment and she feels threatened by them, the Cologne administrative court said.

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