Nagasaki commemorates 68. Anniversary of the atomic bombing

Nagasaki commemorates 68. Anniversary of the atomic bombing

Abe’s government’s failure to support a recently negotiated international declaration in geneva to renounce nuclear weapons was a betrayal of the world community’s expectations, tomihisa taue said in a speech commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of the sudjapanese city.

At a meeting in geneva of the preparatory committee for the review of the non-proliferation treaty, the japanese government refused to endorse a declaration calling atomic weapons inhumane. This declaration had been endorsed by 80 countries in april. Abe justified his stance with the nuclear threat from north korea. As he had done three days earlier in hiroshima, the head of government nevertheless pledged to work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

At the same time, however, mayor taue expressed his concern about the government’s intention to cooperate with the nuclear power india in the civilian use of nuclear energy. Such cooperation with a state like india, which is not a party to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, only provides north korea with an argument to justify its own nuclear program, said taue.

At 11.02 a.M. Local time, the time when on 9. August 1945 the atomic bomb exploded over nagasaki, the citizens observed a minute of silence. The americans dropped the bomb on hiroshima three days after the first atomic bombing. Of the 350,000 inhabitants of hiroshima at the time, more than 70,000 people died in one fell swoop. By the end of december 1945, the death toll had risen to 140,000. In nagasaki, another 70,000 people died by december. Shortly after the bomb was dropped, japan surrendered.

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