Japan Marked the 72nd Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Katrina Barker
August 7, 2017

A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later on Aug. 9, 1945 and Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945 bringing an end to World War II.

However, in June, Japan had supported the United Kingdom, France and the USA in dismissing a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons.

Japanese city of Hiroshima is observing today 72nd anniversary of world's first atomic bomb attack of August 6, 1945, in which more than one hundred forty thousand people were killed.

The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States to dismiss a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by critics for ignoring the reality of security threats such as North Korea.

It aims to remember the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and raise awareness of the growing dangers of nuclear conflict.

The United Nations issued a statement Sunday urging countries to continue working toward a nuclear weapons-free world.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or voted on the treaty.

The visit was a lightning rod for strong opinions on both side of the enduring question of whether using such a weapon in this way constituted a necessary step to end the war and avert even greater casualties - or a needless and disproportionate war crime, possibly amounting to genocide.

Many in Japan feel the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki amounted to war crimes and atrocities because they targeted civilians, and also because of the unprecedented destructive nature of the weapons.

The UN scribe acknowledged the invaluable contribution made by Hiroshima's message of peace and the heroic efforts of hibakushas, or survivors of the atomic bombs.

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