After Secretary Kerry became the highest ranking American official to visit Hiroshima, Japan, Paul Kawika Martin the policy and political director of Peace Action (the largest peace group in the U.S. founded on abolishing nuclear weapons) who has been to the same park three times, made the following statement:
“Peace Action praises Secretary Kerry and the other foreign ministers that visited Hiroshima’s Peace Park in Japan to honor those who died during the atomic bombing and to call for a nuclear weapons free world. We call on President Obama to also visit Hiroshima next month during the G7 meeting and to not only repeat the calls for the abolishment of nuclear weapons but to make a commitment of action that will take the world closer to that goal while he is President.”
“The U.S. cannot on the one hand say it is for ridding the world of nuclear weapons while at the same time it continues its plan to spend one trillion dollars over thirty years to upgrade warheads and delivery systems.”
About Peace Action
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts with Afghanistan and Iran.