Pope: Hiroshima anniversary a reminder to disarm

Pope Benedict XVI has said the 65th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should serve as reminders of the continued threat nuclear weapons pose and the need to get rid of them.

The pope made the comments Saturday to Japan's new ambassador to the Holy See, Hidekazu Yamaguchi, who was presenting his credentials.

Benedict said the continued presence of nuclear weapons in the world is a source of tension and mistrust among nations and said every year that passes renders the "horror" of the World War II atomic bombings even more poignant.

Benedict didn't mention any nations by name, but he praised Japan for setting an example for always seeking to find peaceful and political solutions to conflicts.