President Donald Trump reportedly asked a foreign policy expert three times why the US can't use nuclear weapons during his presidential campaign. While world leaders may have been right to criticise Trump's line of questioning amid global promises to reduce nuclear stockpiles, why are world nuclear powers expanding and updating their arsenals instead? In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan exposes the hypocrisy of the global nuclear elite. Follow UpFront on Twitter @AJUpFront and Facebook.
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VIENNA – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has expressed hope that Japan will join negotiations later this month on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. "Japan, as the world's sole atomic-bombed nation, has a moral voice and can give an invaluable opinion on the issue of nuclear disarmament," Kurz said in a written interview ahead of the first round of negotiations that begin March 27 in New York. "We would very much welcome the chance to hear Japan's views during the negotiations," said Kurz, whose country is among those leading the negotiations and urging Japan and NATO members to take part. Japan, which relies on U.S. nuclear deterrence for protection, has not said whether it will join the talks. Kurz, Austria's foreign minister since December 2013, stressed the need for a treaty given the stalemate in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts for the past 20 years.