Hiroshima to Urge Govt Forward for Nuke-Free World

Society

Hiroshima, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--This year's Hiroshima peace declaration will urge the Japanese government to take action toward the realization of a nuclear-free world, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Wednesday.

The declaration will call on the central government to play a part in advancing talks and cooperation to realize a world without nuclear weapons, according to an outline of the declaration announced by Matsui.

It will not include words directly requesting Japan to sign and ratify the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted last year. But such a request "will be implied," he said.

Noting that the pact was adopted with approval from 122 countries, Matsui said that the tide is flowing toward the effectuation of the treaty.

He added that how Japan should handle the treaty will "be decided naturally."

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