Obama pushes for nuclear-free world (video)

The United States view on nuclear weapons has changed 65 years after it dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at... More Below... Posted by on Aug 6th, 2010 and filed under World.

The United States view on nuclear weapons has changed 65 years after it dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. To prevent what happened in Japan from ever happening again, the Obama Administration is pushing for a nuclear-free world. The US is committed to reducing nuclear weapons but will also counter any nuclear threats from terrorists, said a top Department of Defense official.

Painful memories still exist among many Japanese as they pray and reflect more than six decades after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Tomiko Matsumoto, 78, survived the atomic bomb. He said, “I think that the reason I have been able to live so long is so that I can tell the next generation about the equality of life and the importance of peace. That’s my mission.”

Freeing the world of nuclear weapons has personal meaning for International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukia Amano. He said, “As a human being and particularly as a citizen of the only country ever to suffer such a nuclear catastrophe, I believe with all my heart and soul that these horrific weapons must be eliminated.”

(Thanks to Voice of America and Wikipedia)