Discussions Start in Nagasaki for Nuke-Free World


Nagasaki, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--A three-day meeting of peace campaigners and experts in and outside Japan started in Nagasaki on Friday to discuss ways to realize a world without nuclear weapons.

Discussions at the Sixth Nagasaki Global Citizens' Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons will cover the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty. The assembly is set to adopt a Nagasaki Appeal declaration on Sunday.

Participants include members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and nuclear disarmament experts from nine foreign countries, including the United States, Russia and China.

Masao Tomonaga, a 75-year-old hibakusha atomic bomb survivor, who chairs the event's executive committee, said in a keynote report that the assembly "will seek a new direction by demonstrating the powers of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and civic society, symbolized by ICAN."

The assembly has been held every few years since 2000, organized by the executive committee consisting mainly of Nagasaki prefectural and city government officials and peace organization members.

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