Hiroshima Mayor rebukes North Korea over nuclear testing threat

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On April 30, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba released a comment critical of North Korea’s statement that it plans to embark on nuclear tests. The mayor’s comment also urges North Korea to reverse its policy and engage in dialogue with the international community.

Mayor Akiba pointed out that the statement issued by North Korea on April 29 is “trampling on the wishes of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima and must never be tolerated.” He expressed strong concern that North Korea’s policy of nuclear testing will imperil global peace and security.

With the NPT Preparatory Committee opening in New York on May 4, Mayor Akiba rebuked North Korea’s stance, saying, “While the international community works hard to advance the abolition of nuclear weapons, such actions by North Korea increase the risk of the NPT regime collapsing.”

North Korea issued its announcement to protest the adoption of a presidential statement at the United Nations Security Council, which condemned the launch of a North Korean “satellite.”

(Originally published on May 1, 2009)