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Govt submits resolution to U.N. on N-weapons

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — The government has submitted a resolution calling on all U.N. member states to renew their “determination toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.”

But the resolution did not touch on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted at a U.N. conference in July.

The resolution was presented to the U.N. General Assembly’s First Committee on disarmament on Wednesday. Japan has submitted a similar resolution every year since 1994.

The latest resolution stresses more strongly than ever the importance of easing international tension and enhancing peace and security, highlighting the “imminent threat” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs.

The committee will vote on the resolution in late October or early November.

“This resolution provides a common denominator on a wide range of issues related to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation,” Nobushige Takamizawa, Japanese ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, said in a speech at the committee’s meeting on Thursday.

“We strongly hope that this will receive strong support from all member states,” Takamizawa also said.

But he made no reference to the treaty or to the selection of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, as the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

On the other hand, Robert Wood, U.S. disarmament ambassador, described the treaty as “fundamentally at odds with today’s security challenges.”

Wood said the treaty is “not simply an unproductive instrument” but is likely to be a “counterproductive one, with the potential to cause lasting harm to the nonproliferation regime and to the cause of disarmament alike.”

Last year, the Japan-sponsored resolution was supported in a vote by 167 countries and opposed by four, including North Korea, with 16 abstentions.

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