• Kyodo


Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba denounced Friday the use of depleted uranium weapons in Iraq by the U.S. military and said Washington must prove the country was hiding weapons of mass destruction prior to its invasion.

“People in Hiroshima and the world over have wished for an end to the military action (in Iraq), but it is deeply regretful that (the United States) used depleted uranium weapons and Iraqi citizens suffered greatly,” Akiba said in a statement.

He said no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq even though the U.S. alleged that Baghdad possessed biological, chemical or nuclear weapons as grounds for the invasion.

“From here on, the U.S. needs to fulfill its duty to reveal to the international community the existence of the weapons of mass destruction and dispose of them,” he said. “The U.S. attack on Iraq, ignoring the international community, cannot be tolerated.”

On Thursday, President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq and described the military campaign as “one victory” in the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

He said many things still need to be done in Iraq, including hunting down Saddam Hussein and other leaders of the fallen government, and locating weapons of mass destruction.