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Former USG officials call for Japan to embrace no first use of nuclear weapons

Mainichi and Asahi reported on a finding that a group of former senior USG officials, including former Secretary of Defense Perry, has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Suga and the leaders of the major political parties asking them not to oppose the Biden administration’s possible adoption of a nuclear “no first use” policy. According to the articles, President Biden is also reportedly considering declaring in the ongoing nuclear posture review that the “sole purpose” of U.S. nuclear forces is to deter or defeat adversaries’ use of nuclear weapons. The signatories reportedly explained in the letter that such declarations by the President will not have an adverse effect on the U.S. defense commitment to its allies, including extended deterrence. They added that it would be tragic if Japan were to thwart what they called a “small yet important step toward nuclear abolition.”

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