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Japan to back plea on nuclear weapons

JAPAN, the only country to have suffered an atomic attack, said yesterday that it supports United States President Barack Obama's goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

Prime Minister Taro Aso plans to send a letter to Obama to express Tokyo's readiness to work with Washington toward the goal, Hiroyuki Hosoda, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said at a news conference.

But when pressed by reporters about the letter later in the day, Aso declined to comment, according to Kyodo News agency.

Obama called on the world to join efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons during a speech in the Czech Republic earlier in the month.

He said the US would host a summit within a year on ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

During World War II, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people. Three days later, the US dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing about 74,000 people.


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