28 Septembre 2016
Japan will submit a draft resolution to a UN disarmament committee calling for the total abolition of nuclear weapons for the 23rd year in a row.
Japan's deputy representative to the United Nations, Yoshifumi Okamura, announced the intention on Monday.
September 26th was "International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons." The day was established 2 years ago to mark the UN's first high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament in the previous year.
Delegates from more than 40 countries attended this year's meeting in the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.
Okamura said Japan will submit a draft resolution on elimination of nuclear weapons to a disarmament committee of the General Assembly later this year.
Japan wants the global community to see that Japan is resolved to work toward the goal as the only country that has suffered nuclear bombings.
He also said the UN Security Council is now working to adopt a resolution for additional sanctions against North Korea in response to the country's recent nuclear test.
North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UN, Ri Tong Il, defended his country's nuclear development. He said that without its nuclear deterrent, there would already have been another war like the ones in Iraq and Libya. He said nuclear weapons are the most reliable form of deterrence for the Korean Peninsula.
Other participants voiced concern and criticism over Ri's remark.