Japan atomic bombing survivors protest US subcritical nuclear test

A Japanese group of atomic bombing survivors has sent a letter to the US Embassy in Tokyo, protesting the US subcritical nuclear test last week.

The United States' government announced that it conducted the test in the western state of Nevada on May 14.

The Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, or Nihon Hidankyo, sent the protest letter.

Pointing out a growing voice even within the US that nuclear arms are unnecessary, the letter says the test is totally unacceptable, as the world has been moving forward in seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The confederation strongly urged the US to spearhead through dialogue the response to the world's request to ban and abolish nuclear weapons.

Confederation co-chair Tanaka Terumi told NHK the test amounts to threatening other countries by demonstrating that the US is continuing to develop nuclear arms.

Tanaka said the Japanese government should express its opposition.