Japan refuses to join Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Treaty banning the entry into force of nuclear weapons with the

"The big moment is finally here: the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) just reached the 50 ratifications needed for entry into force", ICAN hailed the development in a statement. "It's always amusing to see how nuclear armed states say that nuclear weapons are here to protect mankind, but now that we know that these devices can bring the end of civilisation the superpowers are now trying to protect their nuclear weapons from civil society". No nuclear powers have endorsed the pact. We need to invest in the future and get rid of the demons of the past.

The non-profit worldwide campaign, which helped bring about the TPNW treaty, explained that the agreement's coming into force means nuclear weapons will see a categorical ban "just like chemical weapons and biological weapons".

"It is a treaty that nuclear-armed powers can not accede to", he said.

It contains provisions for assistance to those affected by nuclear weapons testing and use, as well as for environmental remediation of areas affected by nuclear weapons testing and use - a welcome development for the Pacific, a region that has been irreparably harmed by more than 350 full scale nuclear weapon detonations conducted by Britain, France and the United States of America since 1 July 1946.

Around 50 activists marched through central Hiroshima carrying large banners and signs calling for Japan to join the treaty, which was adopted in July 2017 with the support of 122 countries and regions. "And it aids in pressuring the five nations in Europe that now illegally allow the stockpiling of United States nukes within their borders to get them out".

The United States and Russian Federation have the most weapons, but France, China and Britain also have hundreds of nuclear weapons.

The list of 50 nations that have thus far ratified the UN Treaty, as well as the other 34 that have signed it but have yet to have their governments ratify it, is available for inspection here.

The 50th ratification came on the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the U.N. Charter which officially established the United Nations and is celebrated as UN Day.

Some survivors of the August 1945 USA atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a number of anti-nuclear activists have petitioned the administration of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to sign what has been described as a "largely symbolic treaty", local media reported Monday. The Treaty will enter into force 90 days later, on January 22, 2021.

"UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised the 50 countries and saluted" the work" of civic society in facilitating discussions and pushing for ratification", UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Christian CND said it is proud to have been part of this global movement through its partnership with the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

ICANW's Executive Director Beatrice Fihn declared the treaty's ratification, "a new chapter for nuclear disarmament".

A high school peace ambassador, who submitted signatures to the United Nations calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, said that she is more determined than ever to collect more signatures. The five major nuclear-weapon states are the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

Spectators applauded when the mayor, along with survivors of the atomic bombing, turned on a switch to display the number 88. They called for openness and for an effort to negotiate a ban on the weapon.

Data by the anti-nuclear group Gensuikyo (Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs) showed that 495, or more than one-quarter of the nation's 1,788 local assemblies, have done so.



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