Japan condemns Russia nuclear threat on Hiroshima anniversary

SpaceWar.com reports: “Japan’s prime minister hit out at Russian threats to use nuclear weapons as the country marked the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Sunday.

Around 140,000 people died in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and 74,000 in Nagasaki three days later, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities days before the end of World War II.

‘Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic bombings in war, will continue efforts towards a nuclear-free world,’ Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a ceremony in Hiroshima.

‘The path towards it is becoming increasingly difficult because of deepening divisions in the international community over nuclear disarmament and Russia’s nuclear threat,’ he said.

‘Given this situation, it is all the more important to bring back international momentum towards realisation of a nuclear-free world,’ he said.

‘Devastation brought to Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons can never be repeated,’ said Kishida, whose family comes from Hiroshima…”

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