A-bomb anniversary in Nagasaki amid US-North Korea tension

Katrina Barker
August 10, 2017

The first half of the marchers held signs, carried a giant puppet and waved black flags commemorating the anniversaries of when the United States dropped bombs on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the nuclear tragedy of the World War II on Wednesday, Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticised Japan's government for not taking part in the global efforts towards a nuclear ban.

"The global situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense", Taue said.

"A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again", Taue said in Nagasaki's Peace Park.

Tomihisa Taue, the mayor of the Japanese city Nagasaki, which was devastated by a USA nuclear bomb during the second World War, has deplored the failure of leaders to move toward denuclearization and expressed fear that Nagasaki would not be the last city to be destroyed by nuclear arms.

"The Japanese people and the whole world clearly remember the terrible disaster that hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives owing to the A-bombs the United States dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki", the Korean Central News Agency said in an article.

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. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

At the August 9 ceremony, during which people observed a minute of silence, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue criticized Japan's prime minister Shinzō Abe for staying out of a treaty that would ban nuclear arms.

The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years. The blasts also ushered in the Cold War era, a period of heightened tension between the West and the former Soviet Union. The danger of nuclear weapons use continues as long as these weapons exist: an accident, a deliberate or accidental attack or weapons stolen during security breaches.

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