Basel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes

September 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

I am sending you the “Bazel Declaration on human rights and trans-generational crimes resulting from nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. 

It is a historic first step toward true denuclearization”.

Suffice it to cite its two proposals to grasp the historic significance of the Declaration.

 

“The employment of nuclear weapons, as well as indiscriminate damage to health and to the environment resulting from other nuclear activities, should be included as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We also call for amendment of the Rome Statute to include the crime of ecocide.”

 

“The 28 May 1959 agreement between the World Health Organization and the IAEA, which leads to conflict of interest and limits the free information on health consequences of nuclear civil use, must be abolished.”

 

This declaration will help to revive the legitimate efforts explained in the attached Joint Statement, calling for the reform of the IAEA. It has been supported by Former President of the Swiss Confederation Moritz Leuenberger and Former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.

 

It will be a decisive response to the warning that “ the fate of the world will be decided by electric companies”.

The destructive power of nuclear energy in all directions— global environment, states, organizations, individuals—

Is being increasingly recognized and witnessed.

Civil society is consoled and encouraged by the law of history(the will of heavens and the earth) that ends all dictatorships.

 

With warmest and highest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata

Former Ambassador to Switzerland

 

 

 

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N Korean hydrogen bomb-tipped missile could fly over Japan

September 23, 2017

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N Korean hydrogen bomb-tipped missile could fly over Japan

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Japan may have to brace for a North Korean missile tipped with a hydrogen bomb flying over the archipelago if Pyongyang tests such a device in the Pacific Ocean, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday.

“If the hydrogen bomb is going to be delivered by a ballistic missile, we cannot rule out the possibility that it will fly over Japan,” Onodera said, after North Korea indicated it may test a hydrogen bomb following President Donald Trump’s recent U.N. address, in which he warned the United States will have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it needs to defend itself or its allies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Washington could face the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure” in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency on Friday. The country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the “highest level” action may be a hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Japanese government will remain highly vigilant so that it can “deal with any kind of situation.”

Onodera, speaking later in a lecture organized by the Asian Research Affairs Council in Tokyo, said the remarks by the North Korean foreign minister “cannot be downplayed.”

“What may come next is an intercontinental ballistic missile and a nuclear test that is not conducted underground. And if that takes place in the Pacific Ocean, the impact will be even more huge,” the minister said.

Onodera emphasized that “diplomatic efforts” are the most important in addressing the situation, while underlining the need to continue to add pressure on North Korea to prevent the country from engaging in further provocative actions.

“What the Defense Ministry and the Self-Defense Forces should do is to make the Japan-U.S. alliance firm and ensure that will be well recognized by North Korea,” he said.

Japan faces an increasing threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was of a hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile, and test-fired missiles over Japanese territory into the Pacific Ocean twice in recent weeks.

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Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea as Much as Trump Wants

September 20, 2017

News Desk

By Evan Osnos
8:54 A.M.

China’s leaders don’t trust North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un—but they trust President Trump even less.Photograph by Jim Watson / AFP / Getty
At the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang? Recent conversations in Beijing and Washington suggest that Chinese leaders have decided to increase pressure substantially but are not—and probably never will be—willing to help President Trump strangle North Korea into submission. China doesn’t trust Kim Jong Un—but it trusts Trump even less.
For decades, China backed North Korea in hostilities with the United States. The fellow Communist armies had fought alongside one another in the Korean War, and North Korea still relies on China for as much as ninety per cent of its overseas trade. In Chairman Mao’s analogy, the two nations were as close as “lips and teeth.” But that is no longer true; since taking power, in 2011, Kim Jong Un, who is suspicious of China’s efforts to control North Korea or spur it to follow its model of economic reform, has openly antagonized the government in Beijing, including launching rockets that would embarrass the Chinese leadership. (Earlier this month, Kim fired a rocket just as Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, was opening an annual summit of developing countries in the Chinese city of Xiamen.)
By several measures, Chinese leaders have become more willing to get tough with Kim. Until recently, Chinese intellectuals rarely questioned China’s commitment to North Korea. But, in March, Shen Zhihua, one of China’s best-known experts on the Korean War, said, in a speech, “We must see clearly that China and North Korea are no longer brothers-in-arms, and in the short term there’s no possibility of an improvement in Chinese-North Korean relations.” The speech circulated widely, without much in the way of official censorship—a sign, to many Chinese analysts, that some of the country’s leaders agree.
When I met Shen last month, in Beijing, he told me, “I think more and more leaders share this view. At a minimum, they think that multiple views should exist.” Shen is a calm, silver-haired scholar who works in a research center at East China Normal University, in Shanghai. As a historian, he believes that long-standing tensions between Beijing and Pyongyang are becoming irreparable. “Officially, they tried to paper over the cracks, but the differences were inevitable,” he said.
Shen does not speak for the leadership or advise powerful officials. Rather, his views should be understood as a reflection of the change that is under way in the Chinese establishment. Of North Korea, he said, “I think China doesn’t care who is running the country. Xi and Kim have not met. It used to be a tradition if there is a new leader, to meet him. But not now.” Fundamentally, he said, some have come to believe what was once anathema—that North Korea could one day turn its aggression on China: “Many in China don’t want North Korea to have nuclear weapons because nuclear weapons are, first, threatening to China.”

I wondered if Shen was expressing a minority view. When I met Zhao Tong, who specializes in nuclear issues as a fellow at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, I asked him about Shen’s speech. “I think most people would broadly agree,” Zhao said. “It’s not a warm relationship of ‘brothers.’ ” Given that North Korea has continued to test nuclear weapons in the face of Chinese protests, he said, China would not feel automatically compelled to defend North Korea under their mutual-assistance treaty. “Most Chinese would laugh at the proposal that China should provide security guarantees,” he said.
Zhao ticked off examples of China’s new pressures on Pyongyang: “China has stopped coal imports. That’s a big step. It’s stopped supplying diesel and gas. That’s a big step. It has tightened regulations on companies and financial institutions, and the big ones have stopped doing business with North Korea. It’s the smaller ones that are motivated by narrow interests and are still doing business. China has enhanced inspections of goods at the border. They made efforts to help private-sector companies strengthen their export-control practices.”
But, importantly, Zhao added that it would be a mistake to misread those steps as China signing on, wholesale, to American efforts to force North Korea to the edge of collapse—a tactic, favored in Washington, known as “strategic strangulation.” “No, it’s just balancing Trump and Kim Jong Un,” Zhao said. “The reason China agreed to much tougher sanctions is to calm Trump down.” China has strategic tensions of its own with the U.S., so it is keeping both countries off balance. “It’s basically, ‘Who is the bigger evil?’ For China, the U.S. is always the top geostrategic concern, the top threat.”
Zhao notes that the U.N. sanctions against North Korea that were passed on August 5th, which China supported, stopped short of seeking to undermine trade and humanitarian activities. “They are trying to draw a line between North Korea’s military program and civilian trade. To put more pressure on North Korea, without undermining it. China has been taking the incremental approach,” he said. In Zhao’s view, even though China has agreed to limit oil exports to North Korea, it is unlikely to cut them off entirely, which the Trump Administration believes is a vital step to change Kim’s behavior. “If China remains the sole supplier, meaning Russia won’t step in, I think China would find it very hard to do that,” Zhao said.
There are hard limits to China’s willingness to advance American interests in Asia, because the two powers have deep disagreements—about trade, contested territory in the South China Sea, and Taiwan. As the North Korea crisis has escalated, China has urged the U.S. to consider offering North Korea a deal known as “freeze for freeze,” in which the North would halt further tests if the U.S. halts or reduces joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan—exercises that China resents as well. “I think some Chinese are secretly hoping the North Korean position can actually help drive the U.S. forces away from the Korean Peninsula,” Zhao said. “It is in China’s interest if, in the mid-to-long term, the North Koreans can have a deal with the United States where the U.S. reduces troops or reduces its exercises.”
In recent years, overly hopeful U.S. politicians and commentators have repeatedly misunderstood China’s views of North Korea and assumed that Beijing was, at last, turning against its irksome ally. In private meetings with President Obama, and later with President Trump, Xi has repeated a bottom-line principle about North Korea: “No war. No chaos. No nukes.” A former U.S. official, who was at several of those meetings, told me, “Every American senior official that I know hears, ‘Blah, blah, blah—no nuclear weapons.’ And thinks, ‘Oh, we agree! Excellent!’ So the Chinese ought to be willing to limbo under this bar for us. But, no, that’s third in the list of three strategic priorities. The first two are avoiding war on the Korean Peninsula, and avoiding chaos and collapse.” In that spirit, China has sought to limit the scope of U.S.-backed sanctions in the U.N. Security Council. In the latest round, earlier this month, China succeeded in forcing the U.S. to drop its pursuit of a full oil blockade, which China fears would drive North Korea to collapse.
Nothing worries Chinese officials more than the following scenario: the U.S. uses harsh sanctions and covert action—and possibly military strikes—to drive North Korea close to the point of regime collapse. In turn, Pyongyang lashes out with violence against America or its allies, sparking a full-blown war on China’s border, just as China is trying to maintain delicate economic growth and social stability. Xi, in separate sessions, has offered Obama and Trump the same Chinese adage in reference to North Korea: “When a man is barefoot, he doesn’t fear a man with shoes.” In other words, even if attacking America would be suicide for North Korea, if it sees nothing left to lose, it just might do the unthinkable. For that reason, China, above all, wants the U.S. to avoid backing Kim into a corner from which he has no exit.
Trump is fervently seeking China’s coöperation, but, ironically, his rhetoric and aggression may be putting that further out of reach. On Sunday, Trump mocked Kim as the “Rocket Man.” Members of his Administration have repeated their openness to “military options,” despite projections that air strikes, or other attempts at targeted attacks, could spark a wider war. Chinese intellectuals have taken to joking that “Telangpu”—which is one of the Chinese pronunciations of Trump’s name—sounds like “te meipu (得没譜?),” which means clueless or lacking a plan. In recent months, Trump has alternately praised China and threatened it with a trade war. “I don’t understand Trump,” Shen, the historian, told me. “One day he is saying something good about Xi Jinping and the next he is criticizing him. Trump is becoming more and more of a problem. China is becoming more and more stable.”

Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and covers politics and foreign affairs. He is the author of “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.”Read more »

Planetary Ethics

September 18, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the reaction of Dr. Andreas Nidecker, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland
to Dr. Martin Vosseler’s talk at the Basel Conference. It is for me so encouraging to receive
such a powerful support for my plea for the holding of a UN Global Ethics Summit.

On 13 September 2017,the Guardian wrote “On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.

The immorality of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 will not remain unquestioned.
It is the law of history not to allow immorality to last long.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

(Message from Dr. Andreas Nidecker , September 18, 2017)

Yes Mitsuhei, after Martins Talk today I am more than ever encouraged to fight for the goal of “applying ethics on a planetary level” and if ever needed You surely can count on our support.

Cordial regards Andi
On 17 Sep 2017, at 16:52, Mitsuhei Murata wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am sending you an encouraging reaction to my last message about the Fukushima crisis from Dr. Martin Vosseler, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland.
His closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference in Base is indeed admirable. It is an ode to global ethics and maternal culture that could save the world heading toward fatal abyss.
I am convinced that the Basel conference “Human rights, Future generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age” could open a new page.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

From: Martin Vosseler [mailto:vossolar@gmx.net]
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:09 PM

Thank you, dear Mitsuhei, to make these horrendous facts public!

Tomorrow I will give the closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference here in Basel. I will mention you and your important contribution to Planetary Ethics (see the att. lecture).

With warmest greetings,

Martin

September 17, 2017

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Dear Friends,

I am sending you an encouraging reaction to my last message about the Fukushima crisis
from Dr. Martin Vosseler, Co-Founder of IPPNW-Switzerland.
His closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference in Base is indeed admirable. It is an ode to global ethics and maternal culture that could save the world heading toward fatal abyss.
I am convinced that the Basel conference “Human rights, Future generations and Crimes in the Nuclear Age” could open a new page.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

From: Martin Vosseler [mailto:vossolar@gmx.net]
Sent: Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:09 PM

Thank you, dear Mitsuhei, to make these horrendous facts public!

Tomorrow I will give the closing talk at our PSR/IPPNW conference here in Basel. I will mention you and your important contribution to Planetary Ethics (see the att. lecture).

With warmest greetings,

Martin

Gesendet: Samstag, 16. September 2017 um 02:50 Uhr
Von: “Mitsuhei Murata”

Dear Friends,
The International NGO “The Natural Solutions Foundation” has sent me the
Following mail. You can see an impressive photo showing countless radioactive bags.
With best regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

(Mail Received on 16 September)
Dear Murata-san,

I have just posted your urgent message here:

http://www.opensourcetruth.com/million-bags-of-radioactive-soil-spontaneous-combustion/
—— Original Message ——
Received: 10:42 AM EDT, 09/15/2017

Dear Friends,
I am informing you of some confirmed facts concerning a warning made last spring by Mr. Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Education, to the effect that Fukushima nuclear waste soil resulting from decontamination operation contained in millions of bags(flecons) could spontaneously combust.

On 13 and14 September, the Fukushima prefectural authorities confirmed the following facts, answering my questions.
1.During the last week-end of April,2017, a spontaneous fire broke out in Ukedo, Namie from one of bags left out in the open, containing nuclear contaminated soil resulting from the prior decontamination operation.
2.About a year ago, the Fukushima Prefecture organized a meeting to exchange views on this problem with the participation of the representatives of the IAEA and the Tepco. The cases of bags washed away into a nearby river by a flooding caused by a typhoon.
3.The moving of millions bags containing contaminated soil to the temporary storage space in Fukushima is not yet progressing as it should.
This is an extremely alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis. The Media remain silent on this crucial issue. The Government and the Prefectural Authorities should publicly explain how this dangerous situation will be coped with.
With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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Fukushima Radioactive Soil Bags combustion/flood-carried/no storage

September 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

The International NGO “The Natural Solutions Foundation” has sent me the
Following mail. You can see an impressive photo showing countless radioactive bags.

With best regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

(Mail Received on 16 September)

Dear Murata-san,

I have just posted your urgent message here:

http://www.opensourcetruth.com/million-bags-of-radioactive-soil-spontaneous-combustion/

Alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis

September 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am informing you of some confirmed facts concerning a warning made last spring by Mr. Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Education, to the effect that Fukushima nuclear waste soil resulting from decontamination operation contained in millions of bags(flecons) could spontaneously combust.

On 13 and14 September, the Fukushima prefectural authorities confirmed the following facts, answering my questions.
1.During the last week-end of April,2017, a spontaneous fire broke out in Ukedo, Namie from one of bags left out in the open, containing nuclear contaminated soil resulting from the prior decontamination operation.
2.About a year ago, the Fukushima Prefecture organized a meeting to exchange views on this problem with the participation of the representatives of the IAEA and the Tepco. The cases of bags washed away into a nearby river by a flooding caused by a typhoon.
3.The moving of millions bags containing contaminated soil to the temporary storage space in Fukushima is not yet progressing as it should.

This is an extremely alarming aspect of the Fukushima crisis. The Media remain silent on this crucial issue. The Government and the Prefectural Authorities should publicly explain how this dangerous situation will be coped with.

With warmest and highest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

Attachments area
Preview YouTube video OH my God! Fukushima nuclear waste about to spontaneously combust!!

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September 15, 2017

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90 Companies Responsible for Climate Change

September 15, 2017

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Gov’t: Radiation Storm Warning

September 14, 2017

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