Japanese cities commend U.S. on reducing nuclear weapons

Representatives of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, cities that were bombed with nuclear weapons by the U.S. in 1945, recently commended U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles.

"I welcome Obama's proposal, which demonstrates his strong determination to realize a world without nuclear weapons," Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said. "I want the U.S. president to continue taking the leadership toward the elimination of nuclear arms."

The Mayor of Nagasaki Tomihisa Tau also commended Obama for the proposal, hoping that it would lead to a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama said on June 19 that he would begin speaking with Moscow about reducing the overall number of nuclear warheads deployed by both the U.S. and Russia by one-third from the limit of 1,550 warheads by the year 2018 set by the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the two sides.

Sunao Tsuboi, leader of an organization in support of survivors of the 1945 A-bombing in Hiroshima, noted that although this is progress, the U.S. needs to take further steps to achieve "a peaceful earth."

"I want Obama to make further efforts to create a world free of nuclear arms," Tsuboi said.