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Nagasaki marks 65th anniversary of atomic bombing

08-09-2010 14:16 BJT

TOKYO, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Monday, joining Hiroshima's call for a world without nuclear weapons.

A minute of silence was observed in memory of victims of the attack at 11:02 am (0202 GMT) 65 years ago, in which 74,000 people were killed.

"The first thing the Japanese government should do is to enact the Three Non-Nuclear Principles into law in order to restore the trust of the Japanese people," Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said.

"Also, the government should seek the denuclearization of Japan, South Korea and North Korea in a bid to realize security that does not rely upon a nuclear umbrella," he said.

"In Nagasaki, there are still memories and scars left from the atomic bombing. There are atomic bomb survivors who believe it is their mission to tell, for the future, the story of their experiences, even as they continue to suffer from physical and psychological pain," Taue continued as he read out a peace declaration.

Nagasaki's call for a world free of nuclear weapons was echoed by the voice of Hiroshima three days earlier.

The Peace Memorial Ceremony was attended by a record 32 countries, including nuclear power Britain and France, which joined in for the first time. Both also attended events in Hiroshima last week.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Monday that Ambassador John Roos did not attend the memorial service for the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on the city of Nagasaki during World War II due to schedule conflicts. Roos was the first U.S. representative to attend the Hiroshima memorial ceremony.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Nagasaki and met victims of the bombing Thursday. On Friday, Ban attended the ceremony in Hiroshima. He was the first UN chief to participate in the annual event.

The U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which took place on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, led to the deaths of an estimated 140,000 people toward the end of World War II.

On Aug. 9, a second nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, and six days later, Japan surrendered. In the years since the war, many people have developed diseases that are considered related to exposure to radiation created by the bombs.

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Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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