Government must check unloading of N-weapons by U.S. vessels at Yokosuka Port

Peace organizations in Kanagawa Prefecture have called on local
governments to ask the central government to check if the U.S. military
vessels visiting U.S. Yokosuka Port are carrying nuclear weapons or not.

The request was made in relation to Akahata's revelation of September 3
on a declassified U.S. Navy telegram of 1963 indicating that nuclear weapons
could be unloaded from U.S. nuclear capable warships visiting Yokosuka or
Sasebo port.

The Kanagawa Prefectural Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) and
the Kanagawa Association for a Non-nuclear Government made the
representations to the Kanagawa Prefectural government and Yokosuka City on
September 13.

They pointed out that till June 1992 Kanagawa Prefecture had asked the
central government whether or not U.S. military vessels visiting ports in
Kanagawa carried nuclear weapons. Kanagawa government must call for issuing
a non-nuclear certificate, they insisted.

Kanagawa's vice governor promised to sincerely deal with the matter. (end)