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U.S. mayors call for USG to embrace nuclear ban treaty  

  • October 17, 2021
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Sunday’s Asahi led with a report saying that the United States Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan organization grouping over 1,400 cities with populations of 30,000 or more, adopted a unanimous motion during its annual convention in late August calling for the Biden administration to welcome the effectuation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and take immediate steps toward the abolition of nuclear arsenals. Mayor Cownie of Des Moines, Iowa, who was one of chief sponsors of the resolution, told the daily that most U.S. citizens are not aware of the TPNW or recognize the threat of nuclear weapons, adding that local municipalities are most appropriate to raise voices against nuclear arsenals. On the GOJ’s hesitancy to endorse the nuclear weapon ban pact, the mayor underscored that it should listen to opinions of atomic bomb survivors in order to convey the “absolute evil of nuclear weapons.”     

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