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UN disarmament conference ends, reactions to nuke ban treaty mixed

HIROSHIMA -- The U.N. Conference on Disarmament Issues came to a close here on Nov. 30, with member countries showing mixed reactions to the nuclear weapons ban treaty during the two-day meeting.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu underscored the need to make the nuclear weapons ban treaty and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) more complementary. She said achieving a world without nuclear weapons is a common goal for the world. Because of this, she then added it's necessary to take measures to prevent the prohibition treaty and the NPT from conflicting with each other.

Akira Kawasaki, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, emphasized the significance of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, stating, "It's important for the standards declaring that nuclear weapons are illegal to exist."

Masahiko Asada, professor at Kyoto University's Graduate School of Law, on the other hand, pointed to the possibility that some countries may break away from the NPT once the nuclear weapons ban treaty comes into force.

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