Sur­vivors mark 75th an­niver­sary of world’s first nuke at­tack

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION | WORLD -

HIROSHIMA, Ja­pan — The dwin­dling wit­nesses to the world’s first atomic bomb­ing marked its 75th an­niver­sary Thurs­day, with the mayor and oth­ers not­ing the Ja­panese govern­ment’s re­fusal to sign a nu­clear weapons ban treaty, high­light­ing its hypocrisy.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Mat­sui urged world lead­ers to more se­ri­ously com­mit to nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment, point­ing out Ja­pan’s fail­ures. “As the only na­tion to suf­fer a nu­clear at­tack, Ja­pan must per­suade the global pub­lic to unite with the spirit of Hiroshima,’’ he said.

The U.S. dropped its first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, de­stroy­ing the city and killing 140,000 peo­ple. The U.S. dropped a sec­ond bomb three days later on Na­gasaki, killing an­other 70,000. Ja­pan sur­ren­dered Aug. 15, end­ing World War II.

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