Statement from Japan Council Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo)
We Strongly Protest against North Korea’s Outrage and Demand It Should Cease All Nuclear Tests and Abandon Its Nuclear Development Program
January 6, 2016
Yasui Masakazu, Secretary General
Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)
On January 6, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) announced that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test.
Nuclear tests and nuclear developments by North Korea not only violate the UNSC resolutions and past agreements on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but also seriously challenge the desire of the peoples of the world for the abolition of nuclear weapons. We strongly denounce the repeated outrage by North Korea and demand that it should cease all nuclear tests and abandon its nuclear development program.
At the same time, the recent past history over North Korea’s nuclear development once again underscores the urgent need to start negotiations for a treaty to totally banning nuclear weapons. While demanding “non-proliferation” from other countries, some nuclear weapon states have defended their own nuclear weapons as means for “guaranteeing security” or “deterrence”. Also some countries continue to depend on these weapons for protection, calling them “nuclear umbrella”. It is now beyond dispute that such double-faced attitudes have actually accelerated nuclear proliferation.
At the recent NPT Review Conference, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all the States to achieve “True national security outside and away from the shadow of the nuclear threat”. As the peace movement of the only country to have experienced the nuclear attack, we urge all the States, especially those possessing nuclear weapons, to start taking actions to achieve a total ban on nuclear weapons.