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Kishida hosts leaders’ meeting on nuclear disarmament  

All national papers reported from New York that Prime Minister Kishida sponsored a multilateral meeting on nuclear disarmament in the U.S. city on Wednesday, noting that representatives of the six-nation “Friends of CTBT” framework, as well as two dozen other foreign leaders, including the president of Finland and the prime minister of New Zealand, took part in the session to discuss how to effectuate the international convention on nuclear tests at an early date. In a joint statement released afterward, the officials reportedly called for CTBT member states to declare or maintain a moratorium on nuclear testing until the treaty takes effect. The papers explained that in the run-up to the G7 summit in Hiroshima next May, Kishida is keen to jumpstart international momentum for nuclear arms control and reduction, which has waned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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