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Some Nations Want Deadline Set to Start Nuclear Disarmament Talks

A mother and her children in Hiroshima, Japan, pray for atomic bomb victims on Aug. 6, 2013, the 68th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of the city. Nations supporting nuclear disarmament could unite this year in demanding a deadline date to start formal talks on a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons. A mother and her children in Hiroshima, Japan, pray for atomic bomb victims on Aug. 6, 2013, the 68th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of the city. Nations supporting nuclear disarmament could unite this year in demanding a deadline date to start formal talks on a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

A number of nations appear ready to rally behind a demand for setting a deadline to begin negotiations for a global ban on nuclear  arms.

Countries that participated in a conference last week in Mexico on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons coalesced around the idea, which could come to fruition at a follow-on conference in Austria late this year, Inter Press Service reports. A total of 146 nations participated in the Feb. 13-14 Nayarit gathering.

"It's a step towards a road map for the objective of prohibition, and I assume that the third conference will provide the road map for that aim," Hirotsugu Terasaki, executive director of peace affairs for Soka Gakkai International, said in an interview. "We are more advanced than the nuclear powers in acknowledging that there should be no weapons."

None of the five recognized nuclear powers -- China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- attended the two-day conference, the second of its kind. Pakistan was the only nuclear weapon-possessor state to participate.

It would be desirable for "the entire international community" to take part in the upcoming meeting in Austria, said Hector Guerra, coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. However, if the five recognized powers avoid the event, "there is no problem," he said.

The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty calls for the five recognized powers to implement "good faith" steps on the path to nuclear disarmament.

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