Japan atomic bomb survivors group lodges protest against US Senator's remarks

An association of Japanese atomic bomb survivors has lodged a protest against a US Senator's remarks on the 1945 bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Nihon Hidankyo, says it has sent a letter of protest to the US Embassy in Tokyo, demanding the remarks be retracted.

At a May 8 Senate subcommittee discussion of the partial suspension of US arms shipments to Israel, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for continued weapon deliveries, and referred to the atomic bombings of the two Japanese cities.

He said, "Give Israel what they need to fight the war they can't afford to lose. This is Hiroshima and Nagasaki on steroids."

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Graham reiterated that the bombing of the two cities "was the right decision," to end the war.

In its letter sent to the US Embassy, the Japanese organization said the remarks go against international humanitarian law. It added, now that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has come into effect, the remarks can only be described as an anachronistic and malicious delusion.

The letter also notes that nuclear weapons must not ever be used again, and should not be allowed to exist at all. It says atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have consistently made such appeals to the world.