The Marshall Islands National Nuclear Commission said in its statement that many Marshallese are still displaced from their home islands as a result of the U.S. testing.
“To this day, generations of people are without a home and food security, and many face generational health disparities,” the commission said in its press release.
The U.S. nuclear legacy remains an issue in the ongoing treaty negotiations between the U.S. and Marshall Islands. The country is one of three Pacific nations with which the U.S. has agreements known as the compacts of free association, which give the U.S. strategic denial rights over the nations’ land, sea and air, but the financial components of the agreements are soon to expire.
President Joe Biden’s administration recently affirmed its commitment to concluding those negotiations in light of China’s efforts to strengthen its relationships in the Pacific region.
“We shall never forget the resilience and strength of nuclear frontline communities who continue to fight for dignity and respect to uplift their stories towards nuclear, health, and social justice,” the commission said.
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