Japanese PM Calls For A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2017

The country was marking the date more than seven decades since the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which detonated 600 metres above the city, killing 140,000 and effectively ending the Second World War.

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

Many Japanese and others in North Asia seem resigned to North Korea's apparent newfound capacity to launch missiles capable of reaching much of the continental United States.

The sombre ceremony marked more than seven decades since an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city near the end of World War 2.

"You could find yourself suffering their cruelty".

Tillerson aide R.C. Hammond says that after a productive first day, Tillerson has taken time to prepare for Day 2.

Japan now relies on allies such as the USA for nuclear deterrence, and refused to ratify or negotiate a landmark UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last month.

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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".

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. Such missiles could be armed with nuclear, biological or chemical warheads, although many experts say North Korea hasn't fully mastered miniaturizing nuclear warheads and might not have the technology to ensure a warhead would survive re-entry into the atmosphere from space or even hit an intended target.

Guterres urged UN member nations to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world. Tensions between the US and Russian Federation are the highest they've been since the Cold War and friction with China continues.

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

Mr Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima in May previous year, paying a moving tribute to the victims of the devastating bombing.

Yet our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality. North Korea is in violation of global law and of U.N. Security Council resolutions by conducting the tests.

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