The fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing on the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the city’s mayor said apparently referring to the North Korean nuclear threat in the region.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the nuclear tragedy of the World War II on Wednesday, Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticised Japan’s government for not taking part in the global efforts towards a nuclear ban.
“The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue said at Nagasaki’s peace park.
“A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again.”
At 11:02am, when the bomb struck 72 years ago, people at the ceremony observed a moment of silence as the peace bell rang.
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He said Japan’s absence even during diplomatic negotiations for the UN Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, adopted in July, is “incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings”.
More than 175,000 hibakusha have died in Nagasaki since the attack, including 3,551 in the past year, while over 300,000 of their peers have died in Hiroshima.
The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years. Many suffer from long lasting effects of radiation.
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Source: AP news agency