U.N. panel adopts Japan’s anti-nuke resolution, China, Russia oppose

Oct 28 , 2021. 14 minutes ago – 09:45 KYODO NEWS

NEW YORK – A U.N. committee on Wednesday adopted a Japan-sponsored resolution calling for the total elimination of nuclear arms, with a divided response from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council as seen in recent years.

In the vote, 152 countries supported the resolution, while four countries including council members China and Russia opposed the resolution, with 30 abstaining.

Of the five major nuclear-weapon states, Britain, France and the United States supported the resolution. France abstained last year.

The resolution is expected to be adopted at the U.N. General Assembly in December.

In consideration of the United States, which provides Japan with nuclear deterrence, the resolution failed to mention the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which took effect in January.

The resolution includes phrasing about “bearing in mind” the fact that “various approaches exist towards the realization of a world without nuclear weapons and that confidence-building among all States is essential to this end.”

The document also uses the word “recognizing” in reference to the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from the use of nuclear weapons,” an expression included in the previous year’s resolution and weaker than the “deep concern” mentioned in 2019.