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Hiroshima Mayor to UN: 370,000 Signatures for Nuclear Disarmament

October 27, 2008

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (AP) – (Kyodo)—Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba on Monday handed at least 370,000 signatures to U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto, calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Akiba met with d’Escoto at U.N. headquarters in New York, where he and a group of atomic bomb survivors attended a U.N. meeting on nuclear weapon issues.

At least 20,000 of the 370,000 signatures were those of high school students, collected by their peers in Hiroshima.

A five-day photo exhibition of the aftermath of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened at the United Nations on Monday.

“I cannot forget what I saw on that day — even today,” Kikuyo Nakamura, 84, an atomic bomb survivor from Nagasaki City, said in a speech, calling for the world community to join her in creating a peaceful world.

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2 comments

  1. Were it so easy, once the technical data to create atomic weapons was unleashed there was no turning back. Even if the nuclear powers got rid of their arsenals there is no guarantee that the incentive to cheat and build more would simply go away, we live in a world of mutually assured destruction, it’s an imperfect peace, but it will have to do for the immediate future. I applaud their sentiment, but at the end of the day the PRC will not give up its nukes, and Israel will not give up it’s nuclear ambiguity.

    The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. -General Omar Bradley


  2. Even if the nuclear powers got rid of their arsenals there is no guarantee that the incentive to cheat and build more would simply go away

    The incentive might still be there, but it would be more difficult to implement the program if the nuclear weapons are banned.

    I applaud their sentiment, but at the end of the day the PRC will not give up its nukes, and Israel will not give up it’s nuclear ambiguity.

    Indeed, it will take sometime for them to disarm. I don’t think there is any ambiguity about Israel’s nuclear weapons.

    The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.

    I don’t see much brilliance, but agree that we have to work on conscience. It is a matter of choice: you can say that this is how the world is and you can’t do anything about it or you can go ahead and try to make a difference.

    Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (1996, not yet in force) is an international treaty with 177 state signatures that bans all nuclear explosions in all environments. While the treaty is not in force, neither Russia nor the US tested nuclear weapons since early 1990s. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty signed by 189 countries has some vague language, but produced some results:

    Since the end of the Cold War the US has eliminated over 13,000 nuclear weapons and eliminated over 80% of its deployed strategic warheads and 90% of non-strategic warheads deployed to NATO, in the processing eliminating whole categories of warheads and delivery systems and reducing its reliance on nuclear weapons.

    Perhaps, the world will never be completely free from nuclear weapons, but we can work on disarmament and reduction of probability of nuclear war.



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