Nobel Peace Laureate Group Urges Japan To Join UN Treaty On Nuclear Arms Ban

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The leader of the campaign group that won 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday urged Japan to join a UN treaty to prohibit nuclear arms, saying a nuclear deterrence strategy would not bring about peace.

Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), made the call as Japan increasingly count on U.S. nuclear umbrella, while North Korea continued its missile and nuclear development in defiance of international pressure.

Fihn said ” if nuclear deterrence creates peace, then we should welcome North Korean nuclear weapons.

“It should be peace right now, right? But that’s not the case,” Fihn told a news conference in Tokyo, adding that “instead, we have increased risk. So I think we see clear evidence that nuclear weapons fuel crisis.”

ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 nations last July.

Japan, the only country to suffer nuclear bombings, did not take part in UN negotiations on the treaty, saying such talks without nuclear armed countries participating would not contribute to bringing about a world without nuclear weapons.

Tokyo has not signed the treaty either.

“We need action and leadership from Japan…Japan can be moral authority on nuclear disarmament, and that can begin with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joining the treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons,” she said.

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