Hiroshima's mayor praised the countries that have adopted the U.N.'s recent Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons for demonstrating "their unequivocal determination to achieve abolition", according to a transcript of his speech.
The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year.
Decades after the US bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, politicians and activists commemorated the anniversary of the historic tragedy on Sunday.
However, the world's nuclear powers did not attend the conference where the treaty was approved. He grew up in a community of ethnic Koreans in the city and has a relative who had since moved to North Korea.
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Matsui's declaration elevated the calls from hibakusha-those who survived the atomic bombings-to "preserve our irreplaceable Earth for future generations", and it argued that "possessing nuclear weapons means nothing more than spending enormous sums of money to endanger all humanity". Tensions between the USA and Russian Federation are the highest they've been since the Cold War and friction with China continues. "Nuclear weapons should never be used".
Japanese officials routinely argue that they abhor nuclear weapons, but the nation's defence is firmly set under the US nuclear umbrella.
The United Nations stands with you in our shared pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons.
"Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from a reality", he said.
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Referring to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons approved July 7 at a United Nations conference, he said "the governments of all countries must now strive to advance further toward a nuclear-weapon-free world".
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, becoming the first US president to ever visit the city. North Korea is in violation of global law and of U.N. Security Council resolutions by conducting the tests.
"What if that young leader (Kim Jong Un) pushes a nuclear weapons launch button?" "I think tensions have risen and many people in Hiroshima share a sense of urgency". Even so, she feels it was very important to learn what happened to the grandmother and her hometown 72 years ago. The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years.
Commenting on the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the USA dropped a second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, warned of the increased nuclear threat.
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