Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as destabilizing the international order in its heart and said the rule of law , not coercion by power, should prevail.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is conduct that flouts the philosophy and principles of the UN charter… It should never be tolerated,” Kishida said.
Kishida, from Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, also denounced the threat of nuclear weapons by Russia.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin indirectly raised the possibility of a nuclear strike.
Last month, a Russian diplomat told the United Nations that the conflict in Ukraine did not justify Russia’s use of nuclear weapons, but that Moscow may decide to use its nuclear arsenal in response to “direct aggression of NATO countries following the invasion.
“The threat of nuclear weapons, like what Russia has done this time, not to mention their use, are serious threats to the peace and security of the international community, and will never be acceptable,” Kishida said. .
Kishida reiterated that he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve issues regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs as well as the kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago, and to normalize diplomatic relations.
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