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Protest letter against the US nuclear tests (March 12, 2013)

March 12, 2013

His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama
President
The United States of America

Letter of Protest

Your country has announced that two tests involving plutonium were conducted on the Z-Machine sometime between October and December of last year at a research facility in New Mexico.

The tests were the same type conducted last May and August. Moreover, last December you implemented a subcritical nuclear test. These repeated nuclear tests compel us to believe that the U.S. intends to cling to its nuclear stockpile indefinitely. While arousing suspicion regarding your intentions, they have betrayed the hopes of the hibakusha and the millions of others who seek a nuclear-weapon-free world. Such actions are completely unacceptable, and on behalf of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I vehemently protest.

We have been sending similar protest letters to your country for each nuclear test. I cannot help feeling indignation at the fact that you ignore our wish for peace and continue this nuclear testing. I urge you to stop betraying our hopes. Please contemplate the agonizing experience of the survivors who witnessed the bombing, understand their sincere wish for peace, and strive for the earliest possible realization of a world free from nuclear weapons.

MATSUI Kazumi
Mayor
The City of Hiroshima


March 12, 2013

His Excellency Mr. John V. Roos
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the United States of America
Embassy of the United States of America in Japan

Letter of Protest

Your country has announced that two tests involving plutonium were conducted on the Z-Machine sometime between October and December of last year at a research facility in New Mexico.

The tests were the same type conducted last May and August. Moreover, last December you implemented a subcritical nuclear test. These repeated nuclear tests compel us to believe that the U.S. intends to cling to its nuclear stockpile indefinitely. While arousing suspicion regarding your intentions, they have betrayed the hopes of the hibakusha and the millions of others who seek a nuclear-weapon-free world. Such actions are completely unacceptable, and on behalf of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I vehemently protest.

We have been sending similar protest letters to your country for each nuclear test. I cannot help feeling indignation at the fact that you ignore our wish for peace and continue this nuclear testing. I urge your government to stop betraying our hopes. Please contemplate the agonizing experience of the survivors who witnessed the bombing, understand their sincere wish for peace, and strive for the earliest possible realization of a world free from nuclear weapons.

MATSUI Kazumi
Mayor
The City of Hiroshima

 

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