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72nd A-bomb anniversary in Nagasaki amid US-NKorea tension

10 August 2017, 12:37 | Kara Nash

North Korea Urges Japan Not To Follow US On 72nd Anniversary Of Nuclear Bombings


Japan, this year, is marking the Peace Ceremony of the 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing, which killed an estimated 214,000 people in 1945.

Japan's Nagasaki commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Wednesday, with its mayor calling for sticking to pacifist Constitution and reconsidering the policy of relying on the USA nuclear umbrella.

I commend the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, led by the Hibakusha, in educating the worldwide community about the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury", and North Korea's military said it was examining its plans for attacking Guam. "A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again". The bomb's code name was "fat man".

A solemn procession of Central New York peace activists and community members marched in Downtown Syracuse Wednesday afternoon to remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue (2nd R) and other representatives carry wreaths for the U.S. atomic bomb victims during a ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 2017.

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"The nuclear threat will not end as long as nations continue to claim that nuclear weapons are essential for their security", he insisted.

He urged Japan's government to change its policy of relying on the USA nuclear umbrella and join the nuclear prohibition treaty as soon as possible.

Prime Minister Abe delivered a speech at the ceremony, in which he still made no mention of the historical background for the atomic bombings or Japan's aggressive war against its neighbors.

I appeal to all governments to follow your example and intensify their efforts to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

A list of the names of 3,551 people newly confirmed in the year to July to have died due to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki was dedicated at a memorial, bringing the total death toll to 175,743.

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