11:43 May. 22, 2016
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.
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."