Ja­pan marks 72 years since Hiroshima nu­clear bomb

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ja­pan yes­ter­day marked 72 years since the world’s first nu­clear at­tack on Hiroshima, with the na­tion’s tra­di­tional con­tra­dic­tions over atomic weapons again com­ing into fo­cus. The an­niver­sary came after Ja­pan sided last month with nu­clear pow­ers Bri­tain, France and the US to dis­miss a UN treaty ban­ning atomic weapons, which was re­jected by crit­ics for ig­nor­ing the re­al­ity of se­cu­rity threats such as North Korea. Ja­pan is the only coun­try to have suf­fered atomic at­tacks, in 1945. Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, speak­ing at the an­nual cer­e­mony at Hiroshima Peace Me­mo­rial Park near the ground zero, said Ja­pan hoped to push for a world with­out nu­clear weapons in a way that all coun­tries can agree.

—AP

HIROSHIMA: Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Mat­sui, right, hands over the name list of newly added peo­ple who died of the world’s first atomic bomb­ing over the past year dur­ing a cer­e­mony to mark the 72nd an­niver­sary of the 1945 bomb­ing that killed 140,000 peo­ple, at the Peace Me­mo­rial Park.

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