United Nations chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

United Nations chief calls for intensified effort on nuclear disarmament

The day that the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, obliterating approximately 146,000 people, destroying a once bustling metropolis, and changing the way warfare was waged.

He noted that adoption of the treaty was the outcome of the campaign focused on the unconditional unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons.

While many are celebrating the long weekend across the province, others are in mourning.

The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui delivers a speech at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2017.

"You could find yourself suffering their cruelty". None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or vote on the treaty.

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Though the interested in negotiating with North Korea, Tillerson said this week such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that the conditions for such talks haven't yet been met by North Korea's government.

Decades after the USA bombed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, politicians and activists commemorated the anniversary of the historic tragedy on Sunday.

Many do feel that if the Japanese would not have allied themselves with Nazi-Germany, and not attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, a nuclear bomb may not have been dropped by the Americans anywhere to end the war. But regarding nuclear weapons, "We "hibakusha" and our groups share a clear goal, which is to abolish nuclear weapons from the world", Kim said. The bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima are tiny by comparison to the destructive power of modern nuclear weapons - which are thought to be over 3000 times more powerful.

He is critical of the USA, and says only dialogue, not military actions or threats, can resolve tensions.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres's message to those gathered in Hiroshima acknowledged that the "dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality", noting the existence of roughly 15,000 nuclear weapons.

He said that nations possessing nuclear weapons, have a special responsibility to carry out concrete and irreversible steps on nuclear disarmament. Last year, then-President Barack Obama became the first US leader to visit Hiroshima. North Korea is in violation of worldwide law and of U.N. Security Council resolutions by conducting the tests.