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US’ nuclear attacks on Japan condemnable: Pundit

This handout picture taken in November, 1945 by the US Army shows the Atomic Bomb Dome three months after a US B-29 bomber dropped an A-bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. (©AFP)

Press TV has interviewed Jim W. Dean, a managing editor with the Veterans Today from Atlanta, and Jim Walsh, with the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from Boston, to discuss the 70th anniversary of the United States' nuclear attack on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

Dean thinks Japan possessed nuclear weapons and the US embarked on preemptive atomic attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki because American authorities considered Japan an “illegal nuclear power” with enough plutonium stockpiles to build 5,000 atomic warheads.

Warning about the testing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons by the United States, he says a new generation of atomic bombs could be put on cruise missiles and delivered by F16 fighter jets because they are light and there is no radiation after about 72 hours, adding that this trend could be very dangerous for the future world.

The political expert also calls on media activists and insiders to let people throughout the world know about secret military nuclear programs in a bid to promote international political consensus against manufacturing these weapons of mass destruction.

For his part, Walsh rules out the use of nuclear weapons because such weapons kill not only soldiers but also non-combatant people; therefore, the US’ act of using nuclear bombs against Japan is “condemnable.”

Urging all nations to respect provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he notes all non-nuclear nations should avoid acquiring atomic bombs and all atomic powers are expected to get rid of such weapons.

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