Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to serve as a bridge

Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to serve as a bridge

Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to serve as a bridge

On the 6 August 1945, 140,000 people were killed after the USA dropped an atomic bomb in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The U.N. estimates nations around the world still have some 15,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals.

On August 6, 1945, a United States B-29 plane had dropped a bomb over Hiroshma at 8:15 am, marking the first use of an atomic weapon.

"Our country is committed to leading the global community by encouraging both sides to make progress toward abolishing nuclear arms", Abe said in his speech at the annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near the ground zero, reported AFP.

Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks.

The "hell" seen in Hiroshima after the atomic bombing could occur again at any time as long as nuclear weapons continue to exist.

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North Korea's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and its recent test-firings of intercontinental ballistic missiles have brought deep unease in Hiroshima, even as many Japanese appear resigned to the growing threat.

"Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality".

"Humankind must never commit such an act, " he added, urging nuclear states, as well as Japan, to join the United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted in July.

"The states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps in nuclear disarmament".

Using last year's peace declaration as a reference point, Matsui repeated his description of nuclear weapons as "absolute evil".

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

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