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Nagasaki marks 76th anniversary of atomic bombing



TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki on Monday marked the 76th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese metropolis with its mayor urging Japan, the US and Russia to do extra to eradicate nuclear weapons.

In his speech on the Nagasaki Peace Park, Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged Japan’s authorities to take the lead in making a nuclear-free zone in Northeast Asia moderately than staying underneath the U.S. nuclear umbrella — a reference to the U.S. promise to make use of its personal nuclear weapons to defend allies with out them.

Taue additionally singled out the US and Russia — which have the most important arsenals by far — to do extra for nuclear disarmament, as he raised concern that nuclear states have backtracked from disarmament efforts and are upgrading and miniaturizing nuclear weapons.

“Please look into constructing a nuclear-weapons-free zone within the Northeast Asia that may create a ‘non-nuclear umbrella’ as a substitute of a ‘nuclear umbrella’ and be a step within the route of a world freed from nuclear weapons,” Taue mentioned as he urged Japan’s authorities to do extra to take motion for nuclear disarmament.

At 11:02 a.m., the second the B-29 bomber dropped a plutonium bomb, Nagasaki survivors and different individuals within the ceremony stood in a minute of silence to honor greater than 70,000 lives misplaced.

The Aug. 9, 1945, bombing got here three days after the US made the world’s first atomic assault on Hiroshima, killing 140,000. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World Struggle II.

The mayor additionally referred to as Japan’s authorities and lawmakers to shortly signal the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that took impact in January.

Tokyo renounces its personal possession, manufacturing or internet hosting of nuclear weapons, however as a U.S. ally Japan hosts 50,000 American troops and is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. The post-WWII safety association complicates the push to get Japan to signal the treaty because it beefs up its personal navy whereas stepping up protection cooperation with different nuclear-weapons states comparable to Britain and France, to take care of threats from North Korea and China, amongst others.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga mentioned the safety setting is extreme and that international views are deeply divided over nuclear disarmament, and that it’s essential to take away mistrust by selling dialogue and kind a mutual floor for dialogue.

Taue additionally referred to as for a considerable progress towards nuclear disarmament made at subsequent yr’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty convention, “beginning with better steps by the U.S. and Russia to scale back nuclear weapons.”

He requested Suga’s authorities to step up and pace up medical and welfare help for the ageing atomic bombing survivors, or hibakusha, whose common age is now over 83 years.


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