The head of a US anti-nuclear arms group says he hopes President Barack Obama will take concrete actions toward nuclear disarmament following his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima later this week.
Ploughshares Fund President Joseph Cirincione made the remark in an interview with NHK.
Cirincione is also a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s International Security Advisory Board, and served as an advisor on nuclear disarmament in Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Cirincione said he believes Obama will use his upcoming visit to Hiroshima as an opportunity to draw attention to the horrors caused by even one nuclear weapon.
He noted that today’s weapons are 10 to 50 times more powerful than the one that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.
Cirincione said he believes visiting Hiroshima and hearing the words of survivors could influence the President. He said the game is not over yet, and expressed the hope that Obama will take fresh actions during his remaining time of office to realize a world without nuclear weapons.
Cirincione noted that Obama should cut the number of US strategic nuclear warheads regardless of progress in negotiations with Russia. He also said Obama should suspend a plan to spend about 1 trillion dollars over the next 30 years to modernize the US nuclear arsenal.
Cirincione said Japan should do more to urge the US to reduce its nuclear stockpile.
He said some Americans who attach importance to the concept of nuclear deterrence say the US needs a large nuclear umbrella to protect Japan. But he insisted that the US could do so with a much smaller umbrella.