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The Japanese city of Nagasaki marks the 65th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Monday. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and a record number of 32 countries attended the memorial ceremony, including nuclear powers Britain and France. They sent an obvious message at the event: calling for a world without nuclear weapons.
A bell tolled at two past eleven (11:02) local time. This is the exact time the bomb was dropped 65 years ago.
Tens of thousands of children, elderly survivors, dignitaries and representatives from 32 countries in Nagasaki's Peace Park bowed their heads for a minute of silence.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan delivered a speech, calling for a nuclear-free world.
Naoto Kan said, "The calamity of a nuclear holocaust must never happen to people again. As the only country to have suffered a nuclear attack, we have a responsibility to take a lead in ensuring a nuclear free world. "
Nagasaki's Mayor also reaffirmed the city's commitment to the non-proliferation treaty.
On the morning of August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb, the Fat Man, onto the city of Nagasaki, three days after it bombed Hiroshima.
About 27-thousand of Nagasaki's 200-thousand population were killed instantly. 70-thousand died by the end of 1945 from exposure to radiation.
- Nagasaki marks WW2 atomic bombing 2010-08-09