Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

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Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

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Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

Fear of another attack on nuclear bomb increases during the 72nd anniversary of the United States’ Nagasaki atomic bomb, the city’s mayor announced, apparently referring to North Korea’s nuclear threat in the region.

In a ceremony marking the nuclear tragedy of World War II Wednesday Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized the Japanese government for not participating in global efforts to ban the nuclear ban.

The anniversary of the bomb comes as Pyongyang and Washington face a growing threat in the former’s nuclear weapons program.

President Donald Trump threatened North Korea “with the fire and fury” and North Korean military said it was considering plans to attack Guam.

“The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense,” Taue told Nagasaki Peace Park.

“A strong sense of anxiety is spreading throughout the world in the not too distant future, these weapons could actually be used again.”

The first atomic bomb in the world, have used 6 August 1945, killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

At 11:02, when the bomb dropped 72 years ago, the people of the ceremony observed a moment of silence as the bell rang.

“The nuclear threat will not end, as long as nations continue to assert that nuclear weapons are essential to their national security,” Taue said.

Abe’s government criticized

Taue also criticized the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for what he said were empty promises to work for a world without nuclear.

He said that Japan’s absence, even during the diplomatic negotiations for the UN nuclear ban, passed in July, is “incomprehensible to those living in cities that suffered atomic bombing.”

The great palaver praised the survivors of the bomb, or “hibakusha”, for their dedication to the effort.

He urged the Japanese government to change its policy of relying on the United States’ nuclear umbrella and joining the nuclear ban treaty as soon as possible.

Abe, in a speech that was almost a repeat of what he said in Hiroshima, did not mention the UN’s nuclear ban treaty.

More than 175,000 hibakusha have died in Nagasaki since the attack, including 3,551 in the last year, while more than 300,000 of their comrades died in Hiroshima.

The average age to survive beyond 81 years. Many suffer long-lasting effects from radiation.


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