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US subcritical nuclear test under fire in Nagasaki, Hiroshima

world Updated: Oct 14, 2010 14:19 IST
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A recent US subcritical nuclear test came under harsh fire in the world's only atom-bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

Nagasaki Governor, Hodo Nakamura and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue yesterday pledged to file protests against the first such US test under President Barack Obama, who has called for a world without nuclear weapons.

"I deeply deplore it because I had expected President Obama to take leadership in eliminating nuclear weapons," Nakamura said here.

"I fear and am concerned that the test, which runs counter to a march toward a world free from nuclear weapons, will adversely affect the international situation," Taue said in a statement.

"The atom-bombed city will send a letter of protest to the United States and persist in our efforts for the elimination of nuclear weapons," he said.

The first US subcritical nuclear test since August 2006 took place in Nevada on Sept 15, the US Energy Department said.

In protest at the test, Nagasaki and Hiroshima citizens, including atomic bombing survivors, launched sit-ins. At a sit-in in which some 40 people participated at Nagasaki Peace Park, Koichi Kawano, chairman of the Japan Congress against A- and H-Bombs, said the congress opposes any nuclear test and is determined to continue its antinuclear activities until nuclear weapons are eliminated.

About 50 people, including members of the Hiroshima Council of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, took part in a sit-in at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. ''We cannot tolerate the US action that betrayed the president's promise to pursue a world without nuclear weapons,'' the council's Deputy Director General Yukio Yoshioka said after the sit-in.