Kishida to call for a world without nuclear weapons in historic speech at UN treaty conference

In a year when hopes for nuclear disarmament have been dashed by Russia’s not-so-subtle references to its own arsenal following its invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is poised to enter the history as the first Japanese leader to address the United Nations. nuclear non-proliferation treaty review conference, which opens Monday in New York.

Kishida, who represents a district of Hiroshima, is expected to call for a world without nuclear weapons and greater transparency between nuclear powers regarding their stockpiles and capabilities. His message will refer to Japan’s experience as the only country to have been attacked with an atomic bomb. The leader will also stress that all countries must neither use nuclear weapons nor threaten to use them.

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