Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida warned Saturday that Russia using nuclear weapons would be seen as an “act of hostility against humanity”, describing President Vladimir Putin’s sabre rattling as “deeply disturbing”.
“Russia’s act of threatening the use of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to the peace and security of the international community and absolutely unacceptable,” said Kishida, who leads the only country ever hit with a nuclear bomb.
In May next year, Kishida is expected to host leaders from the G7 countries in Hiroshima, where a US nuclear bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, resulting in the deaths of 140,000 people.
The Japanese city of Nagasaki was hit three days later.
Speaking in Australia, Kishida said the 77-year period of no nuclear weapons use “must not be ended”.
“If nuclear weapons were ever used, that would be an act of hostility against humanity… the international community will never allow such an act,” he said.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, President Putin has made several thinly veiled threats about his willingness to deploy tactical nuclear weapons.
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NATO holds ‘routine’ nuclear drill amid Russia tensions
Brussels (AFP) Oct 17, 2022
NATO on Monday launched its regular nuclear deterrence drills in western Europe, after tensions soared with Russia over President Vladimir Putin’s veiled threats in the face of setbacks in Ukraine.
The 30-nation alliance has stressed that the “routine, recurring training activity” – which runs until October 30 – was planned before Moscow invaded Ukraine and is not linked to the current situation.
It will involve US B-52 long-range bombers, and up to 60 aircraft in total will take part in trai … read more