NEW YORK (AP) — Global activists say they’ve presented 8 million petitions to the U.N. disarmament chief demanding a world free of nuclear weapons.
Sunday’s march and rally in New York kicks off a conference by world powers to review progress toward preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eventually achieving total disarmament.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister are expected to speak at the conference Monday amid intense interest in the fate of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference happens every five years, and experts have warned that little progress is expected this time.
The demonstrators are demanding that the United States and the eight other nuclear-armed countries do far more.
Many protesters are from Japan, the only country ever hit by a nuclear attack.