Pakistan has said nuclear disarmament is feasible and should be pursued in a universal manner, echoing the mayor of Hiroshima's call for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons ahead of the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of the city.
"We sympathize with the citizens of Hiroshima — one of the only two cities in the world to have faced the horrific catastrophe of nuclear bombing," Aizaz Ahmad Chaudry, spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News.
"We acclaim the resolve and steadfastness of its people who have rebuilt the city from bottom up. We express our sincere best wishes for the people of Hiroshima," he said.
"We all have to address the root cause of conflict and insecurities world over, and settlement of all outstanding disputes peacefully," he added.
Tens of thousands of people were killed when the United States of America dropped the atomic bomb — codenamed "Little Boy" — on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Every mayor of Hiroshima has promoted the "No More Hiroshima" campaign since 1947, urging all countries to abandon nuclear testing and end the nuclear weapons threat.
"Global nuclear disarmament is feasible if we ensure equal and undiminished security for all states in a world without nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament has to be pursued in a nondiscriminatory, universal and verifiable manner," Chaudry said.
Chaudry said Pakistan and India, which remain outside the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, have started several "nuclear confidence-building measures," including the establishment of a hotline between the foreign secretaries of the two countries, agreements on advance notification of ballistic missile tests and prevention of accidents related to nuclear weapons.