Hiroshima mayor urges Trump not to withdraw from INF Treaty

Hiroshima mayor urges Trump not to withdraw from INF Treaty

Kazumi Matsui, the mayor of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which was hit in 1945 by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States, called on Washington and Moscow to ensure further implementation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

"The United States and Russia are responsible for holding talks on the nuclear disarmament. We urge [the two countries] to make efforts to diligently comply with the treaty based on common sense," Sputnik cited Matsui as saying.

The U.S. nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and another Japanese city, Nagasaki, in August 1945, claiming the lives of around 214,000 people, according to the Atomic Heritage Foundation.

On October 20, U.S. President Donald Trump said that Washington would pull out of the INF Treaty because Russia had allegedly violated it.

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