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Nagasaki mayor calls on Govt. to help make UN ban more effective

August 24, 2017


Taue asks govt to link nuclear, non-nuclear powers




The mayor of Nagasaki has urged Japan's government to serve as a bridge between nuclear and non-nuclear powers so that the recently adopted UN treaty banning nuclear weapons will become more effective.

Mayor Tomihisa Taue made the request in writing, which he handed to Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Nuclear powers, including the United States, and Japan, under the US nuclear umbrella, say they will not participate in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted at the United Nations last month.

In reply, Kono explained that he called on the US to work to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty during his talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week.

He pledged that the government will continue to work to see that nuclear arms are eliminated.

Kono also referred to the UN Conference on Disarmament that was held in Geneva, Switzerland. At the conference, senior high school students from the A-bomb-hit Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unable to give speeches calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. They were told some countries had expressed opposition to their participation.

Kono reportedly told Taue that the government will discuss how Japan should make their appeal possible.

Taue later told reporters the treaty banning nuclear weapons may have been adopted, but that doesn't mean nuclear weapons will disappear. He says he wants the government to discuss ways to see how the treaty can be best utilized.

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