Was bombing of Japan justified or needless?

07 August, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Peace activists will remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings, call for ban on nuclear weapons

The message was delivered on his behalf by Mr Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN Representative for Disarmament Affairs at the annual memorial held in Hiroshima, Japan, for the victims of the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945.

But Japan, together with the world's nuclear weapon states and other countries under the U.S. umbrella have recently refused to participate in the United Nations treaty.

Sunday marks a somber anniversary - the day the USA dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, 72 years ago. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945.

"For us to truly pursue a world without nuclear weapons, we need participation from both nuclear-weapon and non-nuclear-weapon states", said Mr Abe in his speech at the annual ceremony.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since last year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, at the 72nd anniversary memorial service for victims of the bombing. This has brought deep unease in Hiroshima, even as many Japanese appear resigned to the growing threat.

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"As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment".

He warned against the stockpile of 15,000 nuclear weapons and risky rhetoric regarding their use.

He referred to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons approved July 7 at a United Nations conference and said, "the governments of all countries must now strive to advance further toward a nuclear-weapon-free world".

He noted that adoption of the treaty was the outcome of the campaign focused on the unconditional unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons.

August 6 is observed as Hiroshima Day, while August 9 as Nagasaki Day.

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