Hiroshima mayor welcomes Russia’s ratification of new START Treaty

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

Russia’s Federation Council (Upper House) has passed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) ratification bill. In response to the ratification, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba made a comment on January 26, saying, “I welcome the news that Russia has ratified the new START Treaty, which serves as an important impetus for realizing a world without nuclear weapons. I hope both the United States and Russia will work hard to reduce their nuclear arsenals even more quickly than the established time period.”

(Originally published on January 27, 2011)

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