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Over 210,000 people lost their lives in the US atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Over 210,000 people lost their lives in the US atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, Daryl Kimball has urged the US administration to help put an end to proliferation of nuclear weapons. In his latest article, Kimball criticized US President Barack Obama’s administration for reneging on its promises to fulfill a “moral responsibility” to help facilitate global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. He pointed to Obama’s dramatic speech in Prague nearly three months after his 2009 inauguration in which he warned that “the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up. More nations have acquired these weapons. Testing has continued. The technology to build a bomb has spread.” Kimball argued that despite Obama’s promises “talks with Russia on deeper nuclear cuts have not begun, implementation of the new US nuclear posture review has been delayed, plans to seek Senate approval for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) were never pursued…” The analyst called on Obama to “move the United States and the world farther away from the nuclear precipice…” Kimball also urged Obama to deliver his promise to “end Cold War thinking” by reducing the role and number of nuclear weapons. He called on the White House to adopt a “saner” nuclear deterrence strategy that excludes “outdated” assumption and delay plans for developing its missile interceptors in Europe, which merely prompts Russia to resist further cuts in its nuclear stockpile. Kimball also urged Obama to ratify the CTBT as “a major nuclear nonproliferation objective” and expressed optimism that the CTBT can be approved before the end of 2014 given the bipartisan support for the treaty. ASH/HN
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