Hiroshima marks nuclear attack anniversary

Hiroshima marks nuclear attack anniversary

However, in June, Japan had supported the United Kingdom, France and the USA in dismissing a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons.

But the threat lends a deeper sense of alarm in Hiroshima, where 140,000 people died in the atomic-bomb attack on Aug 6, 1945, which was followed three days later by another that killed more than 70,000 people in Nagasaki.

Those who attend will call on the United States to join the countries that passed a legal treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons at the United Nations on July 7, a press release said.

For the first time in several years, Japan observed the Hiroshima Day on August 6, 2017 without the controversy on Yasukuni shrine visit by political leaders eclipsing the spirit for peace around the world.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui urged that the "absolute evil" of atomic weaponry be banished.




Since then, nuclear proliferation has created a unsafe modern world, with many nations now capable of using nuclear weapons on their neighbor.

"They reminded the world of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, Guterres said, and expressed United Nations support for global effort for a world free of nuclear weapons".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the world can truly be free of such weapons only through the participation of both nuclear and non-nuclear states.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or voted on the treaty. OREPA has events each August remembering the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II.

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