United Nations chief calls for intensified global effort on nuclear disarmament

United Nations chief calls for intensified global effort on nuclear disarmament

United Nations chief calls for intensified global effort on nuclear disarmament

As tensions flare between the United States and both North Korea and Iran, and the Trump administration faces tough choices on nuclear weapons, New England veterans and peace activists held a vigil on Saturday to mourn the victims of the only two atomic bombs ever to be deployed - in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Since Obama's visit to Hiroshima, Martin said, "tensions between the US and North Korea are the highest they've been since the Korean War".

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.

The event, which was attended by 50,000 people and representatives from 80 nations and the European Union, was held at Hiroshima's ground zero.

Japan is the only country to have come under nuclear attack, and uses the "never again" mantra to come to terms with the impact of the two bombs dropped in August 1945.

The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States to dismiss a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by critics for ignoring the reality of security threats such as North Korea.

"Given this development, the governments of all countries must now strive to advance further toward a nuclear-weapon-free world", Matsui said in his annual Peace Declaration. It would go into effect about three months later.

The day that the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, obliterating approximately 146,000 people, destroying a once bustling metropolis, and changing the way warfare was waged. The Japanese surrendered mere weeks later. Last year, then-President Barack Obama became the first USA leader to visit Hiroshima. "There are too many nuclear bombs in the world". But, that was not the case.

While top members of the Trump administration have said the time for negotiation with North Korea is over, Hopkins argued the administration needs to step up its diplomatic corps to back up Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has no history of diplomatic service.

"(O) ur dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality.

Details of the launch are still unclear but Melissa Hanham, an expert in North Korea's missile program from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told The Guardian that she suspected the missile being tested was the same Hwasong-14 projectile that Kim Jong-un's regime had launched on July 4.

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