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Hiroshima, Nagasaki mayors call for visits by G-20 leaders

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press) — Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue Tuesday requested visits to the atomic-bombed cities by Group of 20 leaders when they come to Japan in June for a summit.

Matsui and Tomihisa made the request during their visits to the embassies in Tokyo of related countries, including nuclear states.

At the U.S. and Russian embassies, the mayors also submitted a letter urging the two major nuclear powers to have talks on nuclear disarmament and abolition.


Earlier this month, the United States announced a decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, blaming Russia for violating the treaty. Russia then said it would also suspend its treaty obligations.

After meeting with the U.S. and Russian ambassadors, Matsui told reporters that they appeared to share the same ideal of a world without nuclear weapons but blamed each other’s country for the current situation.

“We hope that they will talk to prevent the nuclear button from being pressed mistakenly,” the Hiroshima mayor said.

“The superpowers will hopefully display an attitude of pursuing nuclear disarmament with responsibility,” Nagasaki Mayor Taue said.

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