Atomic bomb victims urge annulment of Japan-US secret pacts

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.

PTI



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

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