The Mouvement mondial des partisans de la paix, or Comité permanent mondial des intellectuels pour la paix according to Touchard in Le Siècle des Excès, stood for "the absolute prohibition of atomic weapons" with the Stockholm Appeal on March, 19th 1950. Yet, according to the Wikipedia page of the Movement, it never condemned Soviet atomic experiments. I assume that this movement was of communist inspiration and that was the reason of justifying it. Considering the aura of its call, I wondered how it could assume and justify such a contradiction.

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    According to the article you cited, it was controlled by the Cominform, the intended purpose of which "was to coordinate actions between Communist parties under Soviet direction". Its founder members included the communist party of the USSR....Hypocrisy has always felt very much at home in politics. Sep 19, 2018 at 3:13

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Because the movement was set up (or very quickly taken over) by communists:

Pacifism has always found great resonance in communist thought and action from its origins. Thus, the Amsterdam Pleyel movement in the 1930s foreshadowed the postwar communist pacifist movement.

Partly from the French Resistance (the future French Peace Movement ), partly from the gathering of intellectuals against the atomic weapon (the future World Peace Council ), the Global Movement of Peace Supporters (generic expression global) will be rapidly controlled by the international communist movement ( Kominform).

I placed the relevant text in bold

This was a common tactic used by the Soviet Union if they couldn't militarily match their opponents.

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    Given their covert support for No Nukes, the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament, etc, the Sovs would do it even when they could militarily match their opponents, just to subvert the West.
    – RonJohn
    May 25, 2019 at 20:02

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