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Nagasaki Mayor criticises Abe government for boycotting nuclear weapons ban talks.

Nagasaki marks anniversary of bombing amid US-North Korea nuclear tensions, Fox Newshttp://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/09/nagasaki-marks-anniversary-bombing-amid-us-north-korea-nuclear-tensions.html,  Japan is marking the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki amid threats of a new bombing in the region resulting from growing tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said the fear of another bomb attack is not in the distant future and urged nuclear states to abandon their weapons. He criticized Japan’s national government, being under the U.S. nuclear umbrella, for not contributing to the U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty.

Taue demanded that the Japanese government join the recent treaty adopted by 122 U.N. member nations in an effort to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

The declaration was made Wednesday during Nagasaki’s annual memorial ceremony, known as its Peace Declaration.

Taue called Japan’s stance “incomprehensible” while addressing the crowd. “[The Japanese government’s] stance of not even participating in the diplomatic negotiations for the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty is quite incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings,” Taue said at the city’s Peace Park, the Japanese newspaper the Mainichi reported.

“As the only country in the world to have suffered wartime atomic bombings, I urge the Japanese government to reconsider the policy of relying on the nuclear umbrella and join the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty at the earliest possible opportunity,” he added.

“[The Japanese government’s] stance of not even participating in the diplomatic negotiations for the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty is quite incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings,” Taue said at the city’s Peace Park, the Japanese newspaper the Mainichi reported.

“As the only country in the world to have suffered wartime atomic bombings, I urge the Japanese government to reconsider the policy of relying on the nuclear umbrella and join the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty at the earliest possible opportunity,” he added…….http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/08/09/nagasaki-marks-anniversary-bombing-amid-us-north-korea-nuclear-tensions.html

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August 9, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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