2011年10月07日

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People Working on Nuclear Disarmament

On April 19, 2005, World Peace Mission members moved on to Washington D.C.
The following day, Ms. Linda Gallini visited us at our hotel. She was the acting chief of the Office of Multinational Nuclear Issues in the U.S. We met in the meeting room. She is a veteran of nuclear issues, having worked for 30 years in the U.S. government. The first thing she said was, “Yesterday I happened to have an opportunity to hear about Hiroshima from my friend who had been to Hiroshima. Human beings have short memories. Besides, we tend to be distracted by immediate concerns, so what you are doing is a good thing.” She said this as greeting, but her eyes were not smiling.

There was going to be the 7th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and more than 150 nations were estimated to participate this time. Looking back at the past five years, nations such as Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Libya are obviously inclined to have nuclear weapons. In January, 2004, a “nuclear black market” surrounding the Pakistani, Dr. Abdul Q. Khan, came to light. Inspection by IAEA must be stricter than ever in order to prevent such events from happening again.

Ms. Gallini said that the concerns of the U.S. are 1) peaceful nuclear disarmament and 2) nuclear import-export control. It is justifiable for us to maintain nuclear arms, because the U.S. has a role of overseeing those weapons not to get into wrong hands and proliferate.

I said to her, “Please continue your work keeping in mind what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Hiroshima we have the “Flame of Peace” which is supposed to be extinguished when a nuclear-free world is realized. I only wish my grandchildren would live to see the “Flame” go out. She only repeated that America was keeping a global watch.

On the 25 th, we had an opportunity to hear Daryl G. Kimball of the Disarmament Association, which was established in 1997. In the beginning, he said that he was concerned with young people who did not know important things that happened in history. Then he talked about the current U.S. nuclear arms situation: the U.S. is certainly trying to reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads now, but the truth is that those withdrawn are reserved in a condition ready for restoration. He also said that if the U.S. nuclear arsenal shrank to the same level of other nuclear nations, multinational talks could become realistic. Nuclear weapons should never be used, only as deterrence. Even terrorist acts or biological weapons should not be targets. He continued, “This Association is seeking a restraint of nuclear testing and disarmament, but unfortunately, President Bush doesn’t take our advice.”

Having been in Hiroshima for the A & H bombs Ban event in 1997, he said that the purpose of our Peace Mission was praiseworthy and the Japanese landscape, food and friendliness were wonderful. He was a kind and flattering American individual. I wondered if the day would come when this Association’s advice would actually affect the Bush government. I also wondered if the U.S. would change its course with the post-Bush government. I remain with endless ifs.


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With Ms. Linda Gallini (left) (by the Chugoku Newspaper Co.)