: Russia has shown little interest to curb nuclear proliferation – Obama

11:43 May. 22, 2016

Russia has shown little interest to curb nuclear proliferation – Obama

President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 20, 2016 (AP photo)

U.S. leader speaks to Japanese media ahead of Hiroshima visit

Russia is not interested in reducing its nuclear arsenal. These were the words of the U.S. President Barack Obama as he spoke to the Japanese NHK broadcaster ahead of his visit to Tokyo.

Evaluating the current situation of nuclear disarmament worldwide, Obama said some progress have been made:

"At least we are not seeing a huge increase in nuclear stockpiles. In the major countries that possess nuclear weapons, I think there's been an emphasis not on building up new weapons," he stated.

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Obama went on to say: "I've tried to negotiate with Russians, and was able to get, when I first came to office, a START-II treaty that reduced the stockpiles of Russian and US nuclear weapons. I think we can go further but so far Russia has not shown its self interest in doing more."

U.S. leader is scheduled to visit the site of the world's first atomic bombing next Friday. However, Washington has already said that Obama does not intend to offer apology when he visits Hiroshima.

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