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Pa­per lanterns are set af loat in the Mo­toy­asu River to com­fort the souls of the dead as the city of Hiroshima marks the 72nd an­niver­sary of the world’s first atomic bomb at­tack. Hiroshima’s ap­peal of “never again” has gained ur­gency as North Korea ac­cel­er­ates work on its nu­clear weapons pro­gram, show­ing its grow­ing prow­ess with in­creas­ingly fre­quent mis­sile launches. “This hell is not a thing of the past,” Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Mat­sui said in a peace dec­la­ra­tion at Sun­day’s cer­e­mony. “As long as nu­clear weapons ex­ist and pol­i­cy­mak­ers threaten their use, their hor­ror could leap into our present at any mo­ment.”

Kimimasa Mayama Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

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