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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Mar 26, 2010
Kucinich Sends Message of Peace and Nuclear Disarmament to President Obama on Behalf of Japanese Students
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent 1000 paper cranes to President Obama, which he received from students visiting his office from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, to highlight the importance of nuclear disarmament. The students told the Congressman that they folded 23,000 cranes to represent the number of nuclear weapons estimated to exist in the world today.
“(The students’) visit was of particular significance as your Administration negotiates a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. The successful ratification of such a treaty is vital in advancing support for a broader international nuclear nonproliferation initiative,” wrote Kucinich in a note to President Obama.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are both cities where atomic weapons were detonated during World War II, resulting in massive civilian casualties and devastating health effects that persist to this day. The students, who visited Kucinich on March 24 in Washington, D.C, represent local peace groups in Japan who advocate for the eradication of nuclear weapons.
“Furthermore, their visit comes just before you plan to convene the World Nuclear Summit here in Washington, D.C., to discuss the advancement of a global nuclear disarmament track,” added Kucinich.
1550 warheads each: Details on new arms treaty from Lavrov, Gates
March 26, 2010
A new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, also known as START, will be signed on April 8th, in the Czech capital Prague. The date was set during a phone conversation between the Russian and American presidents. After almost a year of negotiations, the two sides have finally agreed on a way to cut their nuclear stockpiles by around 30 percent. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave details following the announcement of a new nuclear arms deal between Moscow and Washington.