Hiroshima and Obama’s nuclear disarmament legacy for future generations

Masako Toki
April 12, 2016

The following is an excerpt of an article published April 12 by Asia Times.

Since President Obama made his monumental Prague speech over seven years ago calling for a world without nuclear weapons, people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have enthusiastically hoped that the president visits their cities.

Hiroshima and Obama Nuclear Disarmament Legacy for Future Generations, Obama

President Obama Speaking in Prague in 2009, Source: WikiMedia Commons

Now, with less than one year remaining in his presidency, with much disappointment in his nuclear disarmament policy, his call for a world free of nuclear weapons may sound an empty promise. Many feel that Obama’s Prague agenda has lost almost all the momentum in the face of the harsh realities of both international security and domestic politics. Especially, the deteriorating relationship between the United States and Russia has been directly impacting both countries’ nuclear weapons policies that make a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons almost completely improbable.

However, President Obama will soon face his final opportunity to vindicate his seriousness to work for a nuclear free world, refuting such disappointment and criticism on his nuclear disarmament policy, and reinvigorate the momentum in effort toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

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