COUNCIL leaders are backing a call by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two Japanese cities devastated by US atomic bombs 72 years ago, to accelerate international moves for a nuclear ban. They are calling for the UK and other nations to renew their nuclear disarmament efforts in a bid to defuse growing fears of nuclear war in the wake of destabilising tensions between North Korea and the Trump administration. A conference of ‘Mayors for Peace’ in Nagasaki earlier this month passed a resolution urging countries to ratify a new United Nations (UN) treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons as soon as possible. The treaty has been agreed by 122 countries but opposed by nuclear weapons states, including the UK.
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