Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hiroshima Marks 72nd Anniversary of World War II Atomic Bombings

Hiroshima Marks 72nd Anniversary of World War II Atomic Bombings

Japan's Hiroshima city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of deadly atomic bombing that killed thousands at its annual memorial ceremony with the city's Mayor Kazumi Matsui calling on the government to help make a treaty banning the usage of nuclear weapons.

The US dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu on August 9, six days before Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

Representatives from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament also attended.

"For us to truly realize a world without nuclear weapons, the participation of both nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states is necessary", he said.

However, in June, Japan had supported the United Kingdom, France and the U.S. in dismissing a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons. The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki.

"Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan?" (Credit: Jiji Press/AFP) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the 72nd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

The anniversary comes amid growing concern in Japan over North Korea's recent missile tests, and mounting tension over its nuclear programme.

With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

"Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from a reality", he said.

Nuclear weapons are useless for national security, and possessing them does nothing more than endanger humanity.

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