Atomic bomb victims urge annulment of Japan-US secret pacts
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 16:24
Hiroshima: Victims of the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and their supporters have urged the government to annul all secret pacts reached with the United States on nuclear weapons and other issues.

They also said at a sit-in protest in a park close to ground zero on Sunday in the first city to suffer an atomic bombing that Japan's three non-nuclear principles of not possessing, producing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory must be enshrined in law.

Masanobu Omori, the leader of a local chapter of the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, or Gensuikyo, said, "The government has deceived the public by insisting there were no secret pacts."

The call followed the acknowledgement by a Foreign Ministry panel earlier this month that secret pacts had been reached by Japan and the United States in the Cold War era, leading Tokyo to end its decades-long official denial that any such agreements existed.

With the panel confirming "a tacit agreement" that led Japan to allow US nuclear-armed vessels to visit Japanese ports, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said that while Japan's non-nuclear principles may have been violated in the past, there is no such possibility now and Japan will uphold the principles.


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 16:24

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