And as…the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it, we can start it.
President Barack Obama, April 5, 2009
We seek the elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth.
Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, January 21, 1985
It is my firm belief that the infinite and uncontrollable fury of nuclear weapons should never be held in the hands of any mere mortal ever again, for any reason.
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1995
“Nuclear weapons are clearly inhumane weapons in obvious violation of international law. So long as such weapons exist, it is inevitable that the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be repeated — somewhere, sometime — in an unforgivable affront to humanity itself.”
Takashi Hiraoka, Mayor of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Declaration, 6 August 1995
“The human race cannot coexist with nuclear weapons.”
Iccho Itoh, Mayor of Nagasaki, Nagasaki Peace Declaration, 9 August 1995
A convention on the comprehensive ban of nuclear weapons should be negotiated. Since biological and chemical weapons have been prohibited, there is no reason why nuclear weapons, which are more destructive, should not be comprehensively banned and thoroughly destroyed. All it takes to reach this objective is strong political will.
Jiang Zemin, 1999
The proposition that large numbers of nuclear weapons can be retained in perpetuity and never used – accidentally or by decision – defies credibility. The only complete defense is the elimination of nuclear weapons and assurance that they will never be produced again.
Canberra Commission, 1996