Nigeria, Canada, others seek end to nuclear weapons
Member nations of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) have expressed fears about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of the use of any nuclear weapon.
The body urged on all nations to ensure that the nearly 69-year record of non-use of nuclear weapons is extended forever.
The NPDI countries are Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
The 12 NPDI-member nations made the declaration in a statement at the end of its 8th ministerial meeting held in Hiroshima Japan at the weekend.
“The catastrophic humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons fundamentally underpins all work to succeed in our non-proliferation efforts and to achieve nuclear disarmament in pursuit of a more secure world,” it said.
The ministers said they are deeply touched by the testimonies of atomic bomb survivors (Hibakushas).
They called on the world’s political leaders to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to also witness the consequences with their own eyes and reaffirmed that the only absolute guarantee against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is their total elimination.
The ministers noted the reported build-up of nuclear arsenals against the intent of the international community to achieve the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and urged those not yet engaged in nuclear disarmament efforts to reduce their arsenals with the objective of their total elimination.
The statement also condemned “North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs “which undermine the NPT and the global nonproliferation regime as well as pose a great threat to regional and global peace and stability.”