Hiroshima mayor calls on Japan to serve as a bridge

An allied correspondent stands in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima Japan a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the U.S. on Aug. 6 1945

A minute of silence was observed in the city to remember the dead and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Sunday marks a somber anniversary - the day the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, 72 years ago.

The U.N. estimates nations around the world still have some 15,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals.

In light of the Constitution, Hiroshima calls on the government to do all it can to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapon states and those that do not have such weapons to facilitate the treaty's ratification.

The anniversary comes amid growing concern in Japan over North Korea's recent missile tests, and mounting tension over its nuclear programme.

Tokyo announced its surrender in World War II on Aug 15, 1945.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, as per Associated Press, that "hell is not a thing of the past", while urging that the "absolute evil" of atomic weaponry be banished.




"Today, a single bomb can cause even greater damage than the bombs dropped 72 years ago".

Japanese officials have criticised the treaty as deepening a divide between countries with and without nuclear arms.

They have reminded the world of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, he said, expressing United Nations support for a global effort towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Since then, nuclear proliferation has created a risky modern world, with many nations now capable of using nuclear weapons on their neighbor.

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

Mr Barack Obama became the first sitting USA president to visit Hiroshima in May past year, paying a moving tribute to the victims of the devastating bombing.

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