A-bomb survivors disappointed by Obama's Nobel Prize speech

"He admitted the use of force while also mentioning a world without nuclear weapons and the speech is contradictory in its nature," Kazushi Kaneko, 84, director general of the Hiroshima Council of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, said.

"A-bomb survivors and other civilians need to raise their voices to press the president," he said, adding they need to stop relying just on the US president in promoting the abolition of nuclear weapons.

In yesterday's speech at the ceremony in Oslo, Obama said, "There will be times when nations -- acting individually or in concert -- will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified."

"Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms," he said.
Hideo Tsuchiyama, 84-year-old former president of Nagasaki University and an expert on nuclear arms reduction, also criticised the US president's speech.
"I sensed the president's intention to provide excuses for deploying more troops to Afghanistan," Tsuchiyama said, while praising him for declaring he would pursue the vision of a nuclear-free world at the same time.

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