Nigeria, Canada, oth­ers seek end to nu­clear weapons

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Anthony Ma­liki in Hiroshima, Ja­pan

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.”

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