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

09:56  09 august  2017
09:56  09 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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TOKYO — Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea , the mayor of Nagasaki said Tuesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U . S . atomic bombing of his city.

TOKYO (AP) — Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea , the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing

Doves fly over the Statue of Peace at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan during a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack over the city, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Nozomu Endo/Kyodo News via AP)© The Associated Press Doves fly over the Statue of Peace at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan during a ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the world's second atomic bomb attack over the city, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Nozomu Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki said Wednesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan's government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban.

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"The international situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense," Taue said at Nagasaki's peace park. "A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again."

The world's first atomic bomb, used on Aug. 6, 1945, killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

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

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A - bomb anniversary in Nagasaki amid US - North Korea tension . by: MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Updated: Aug 8, 2017 - 9:45 PM.

TOKYO (AP) — Amid growing tension between Washington and North Korea , the mayor of Nagasaki said Tuesday that the fear of another nuclear bomb attack is growing at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U . S . atomic bombing of his city.

"The nuclear threat will not end as long as nations continue to claim that nuclear weapons are essential for their national security," Taue said.

Taue sharply criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government for what he said were empty promises about working to achieve a nuclear-free world. He said Japan's absence even during diplomatic negotiations for the U.N. Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, adopted in July, is "incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings."

The outspoken mayor praised the atomic bombing survivors, or "hibakusha," for their lifelong devotion to the effort. He urged Japan's government to change its policy of relying on the U.S. nuclear umbrella and join the nuclear prohibition treaty as soon as possible.

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

More than 175,000 hibakusha have died in Nagasaki since the attack, including 3,551 in the past year, while over 300,000 of their peers have died in Hiroshima. The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years. Many suffer from long lasting effects of radiation.

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This story has been corrected to show that ceremony occurred Wednesday, not Tuesday.

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