Hiroshima, Nagasaki press U.S. to step up nuclear disarmament push

JIJI

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Japan asking U.S. President Barack Obama to step up his nuclear disarmament efforts.

The move Friday by the two cities followed news reports that Obama is considering a drastic shift in U.S. nuclear policy, including the possibility of declaring a “no first use” policy for the United States.

Hiroshima was destroyed by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II. Nagasaki suffered a similar fate three days later.

In the letter, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and his Nagasaki counterpart, Tomihisa Taue, said such a policy shift would be an important step toward achieving a nuclear-free world.

Hiroshima Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki sent a similar message to Obama.

The Hiroshima Prefectural Government also sent separate letters to 10 U.S. Democratic senators asking them to press the Obama administration for such a shift in nuclear policy.