G7 leaders this Friday launched a plea in favor of nuclear disarmament from the Japanese city of Hiroshima, calling for no reversal of progress made since the end of the Cold War and calling the threats “unacceptable”. . Built on the possible use of this type of weapon in the framework of the military offensive launched by Russia in Ukraine.
“Nuclear war cannot be won and should not be waged,” said the G7 heads of state and government, who explicitly called on Moscow to fulfill the commitments it had signed, also on its “non- -responsible” in the war-mongering rhetoric within which the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has launched several notices.
In this sense, and noting the “reminder” that Hiroshima represents the “unprecedented devastation and immense human suffering” inflicted by nuclear weapons, they have called for further progress towards their complete elimination. Russia and the United States, a member of the G7, play an important role in these efforts, to the extent that they accumulate about 90 percent of nuclear weapons.
The leaders “deeply regretted Russia’s decision to obstruct the New START treaty”, just hours after making a symbolic visit to the main memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the 1945 bomb dropped by US forces on Hiroshima. He has also reminded Moscow that there is a moratorium on nuclear tests, fearing that it might conduct one.
The G7’s concern extends to Russian control of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities due to “serious risks”. Russian forces have controlled the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, since March 2022, and fighting around which continues on a recurring basis.
Concern about china
The Powers’ communiqué also contains allusions to China, which they accuse of “accelerating” the accumulation of nuclear arsenals without the slightest transparency and which they call on to visit multilateral forums focused on disarmament issues. , while referring to North Korea. Reaffirms support for sanctions as long as the Kim Jong Un regime persists in its current industrial and arms race.
The G7 governments are “deeply concerned” by the “escalating” nuclear program in Iran, which “does not have a credible justification for its civilian use.” “We reiterate our clear determination that Iran must never develop nuclear weapons,” he said, calling for the immediate implementation of the UN resolution, which opens the door to sanctions.
In the G7’s view, the diplomatic route remains “the best way” to resolve the doubts raised by Iranian industry. The 2015 nuclear deal remains a “useful reference” in these works, despite the fact that the United States’ withdrawal from the deal under the presidency of Donald Trump and frequent violations by Tehran have practically left it on paper.