Japan marks 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima bomb

Japan marks 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima bomb

"Today, even after 73 years, the innocent residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to suffer from the terrible after effects of nuclear radiations", she said in the obituary references.

Matsui said these nations are "explicitly expressing self-centered nationalism" while modernizing their nuclear weapons.

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a bad error".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message the legacy of Hiroshima is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the "hibakusha".

Tens of thousands of people gathered to honour the victims at an annual memorial ceremony held in the city.

Organizers say this year is not just about discussing the threat nuclear weapons pose to the world; it's also about offering a pathway to a possible solution. Japan, which hosts United States troops on its land and falls under the protections of the US's nuclear umbrella, has not signed the treaty.

Foreign Minister Zarif in a tweet on Monday remembered the 73rd anniversary of the United States' nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, describing the U.S. as the "first and only" country to ever use nukes, "on an urban center of all targets".

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The anniversary comes amid hopes to denuclearise North Korea after its pledge to do so at the Singapore summit in June.

"We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue, " he said.

Japan has largely maintained a hard line on Pyongyang, in particular pushing for movement on citizens abducted decades ago by North Korean agents.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attending the memorial ceremony, pledged that Japan will try to bridge nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead worldwide efforts. It was the first use of nuclear weapons against human beings. The bombings, the first atomic attacks on humans, closed World War II and opened the nuclear age.

The US attack on Hiroshima ultimately killed more than 140,000 people; the bombing of Nagasaki ended another 70,000 lives three days later.

"Our nation, while maintaining our (non-nuclear weapons) principles, will patiently work to serve as a bridge between the two sides and lead efforts by the global community" to reduce nuclear weapons, Abe said.

Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima in May 2016.

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