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Buddhist Leader Calls on States to Commit to "No First Use" of Nuclear Weapons in Advance of NPT Meeting
TOKYO, July 27, 2022 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

On July 26, ahead of the Tenth NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear 
Weapons) Review Conference that opens on August 1 at UN Headquarters in New 
York, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda called on the 
five nuclear-weapon states to declare that they will never be the first to use 
nuclear weapons in a conflict: the principle of "No First Use."

Today the risk that nuclear weapons will be used is at its highest level since 
the Cold War. Ikeda, a passionate campaigner for nuclear abolition for over 60 
years, urges the five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT -- the United States, 
Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China -- to give substance to a joint 
statement made by their leaders on January 3, 2022, that "a nuclear war cannot 
be won and must never be fought," by declaring policies of No First Use.

He proposes that the following points be included in the Final Document of the 
Review Conference:

-That the five nuclear-weapon states pledge to continue to abide by their 
January Joint Statement, immediately pursuing measures to reduce the risks 
posed by nuclear weapons in accord with their Article VI nuclear disarmament 

-That the five nuclear-weapon states, as a matter of highest priority, declare 
their commitment to the principle of No First Use at the earliest possible date.

-That in order to give concrete form to the joint statement's declaration that 
"none of our nuclear weapons are targeted at each other or at any other State," 
the principle of No First Use be universalized as the security policy of all 
states possessing nuclear weapons as well as the nuclear-dependent states.

Ikeda urges: "We must remember that it was never the purpose of the NPT to 
establish continuing nuclear threat and confrontation as the inevitable fate of 
humankind." He asks us to learn from the world's hibakusha -- the victims of 
the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and the testing of nuclear weapons -- who 
insist that no one anywhere should suffer what they have endured.

Ikeda argues that commitment to No First Use would also free resources to 
protect people from shared threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate 
On August 4, during the NPT Review Conference, the SGI will hold a side event 
promoting No First Use together with other like-minded organizations.

Read full statement:

Daisaku Ikeda (1928 - ) is a Buddhist philosopher, author and president of the 
Soka Gakkai International (SGI), an NGO promoting peace, culture and education 
in consultative status since 1983 with UN ECOSOC. Every year since 1983, Ikeda 
has authored peace proposals offering concrete approaches to resolving the 
complex global issues facing humanity, centering on the need to abolish nuclear 

Source: Soka Gakkai International

Joan Anderson
International Office of Public Information
Soka Gakkai