Zenroren condemns Nuclear Test by North Korea
and demands peaceful settlement of this issue.

October 10, 2006
Yoshikazu ODAGAWA
Secretary General, Zenroren

North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test on October 9, in spite of series of international efforts to discourage it from doing so, which are the resolution of the UN Security Council, its presidential statement, and those by six-party talks and the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.

Zenroren condemns this provocative act that aggravates new tension in north-east Asia and tramples on the voice of the world wishing for peace.

Zenroren requests North Korea to immediately halt their nuclear test and abandon all nuclear programs, to unconditionally return to six-party talks and abide by the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.

At the same time, Zenroren demands that all nuclear powers including the United Stated and Russian Federation step forward to eliminate all nuclear weapons, and take a firm position to lead international community to break up chain of nuclear proliferation.

The government of Japan, which maintains the Article 9 in the Constitution, should make its utmost efforts to achieve reasoned diplomatic and peaceful resolutions of this issue in the UN framework.

Zenroren will continue in its efforts to strengthen a current demanding the world without nuclear weapons and any military alliance and making the nature of the peace constitution brighter, in order to achieve the world in 21st century without war.


Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution: 1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. 2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.