UN Secretary General: Bombing of Hiroshima shows the importance of the elimination of nuclear weapons.

UN Secretary General: Bombing of Hiroshima shows the importance of the elimination of nuclear weapons.
# 06 August 2015 08:58 (UTC +04:00)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the aforesaid in his message addressing the mourning ceremony in memory of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The message was delivered by representative of the UN Secretary-General Kim Won-soo.

Representatives from 100 countries attended the ceremony, including Hiroshima’s mayor, Kazumi Matsui, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Rose Gottemoeller, the U.S. State Department’s undersecretary for arms control and international security.

Doves were released into the morning sky and a Buddhist temple bell tolled as people across Japan marked the anniversary of the first nuclear attack in history.

The attack on August 6, 1945 caused the deaths of about 140,000 people in Hiroshima by the end of that year, according to figures released by the city. More than 70,000 people were killed in Nagasaki when the second atomic bomb was dropped there three days later.

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