Hiroshima mayor criticizes new U.S. nuclear strategy, says NPT framework could be undermined

On February 21, responding to the new U.S. nuclear policy guidance outlined in the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which was released by the Trump administration earlier this month, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui criticized this strategy, contending that it could undermine the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPR articulates U.S. policy and the new NPR expresses the intention of expanding the role of nuclear weapons. Mr. Matsui shared his views at a general session of the Hiroshima City Council.

Mr. Matsui argued that the United States is a member nation of the NPT and has made a commitment to pursue nuclear disarmament in good faith. He then reiterated his desire to urge U.S. President Donald Trump to visit the A-bombed cities so that Mr. Trump will be moved to fundamentally abandon the idea of protecting his nation by making threats with these inhumane weapons.

(Originally published on February 22, 2018)