UN Chief Decries Stockpile of 15000 Nuclear Weapons by Countries

An allied correspondent stands in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima Japan a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the U.S. on Aug. 6 1945

OREPA has events each August remembering the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II.

Japan yesterday marked 72 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.

In the city's annual peace declaration, Matsui pointed out that it is time to "strive to advance further towards a nuclear-weapon free world".

"Humankind must never commit such an act, " he added, urging nuclear states, as well as Japan, to join the United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted in July.

Dr Arun Mitra, senior vice-president IDPD, said tiny atomic bombs (as per the standards of the present day nuclear weapons) killed around 1,40,000 people in Hiroshima and almost 70,000 in Nagasaki and roughly a half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. At the outbreak of the four-hour uranium bomb thrown by the US B-29 bomber, between 70 and 100,000 people died instantly. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945. (Credit: Jiji Press/AFP) People lay flowers and offer prayers early morning before the 72nd anniversary memorial service.

It was on August 6 and 9 in 1945 that America had dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. (Credit: Jiji Press/AFP) Attendants observe a minute of silence at the 72nd anniversary memorial. Those who attend will call on the United States to join the countries that passed a legal treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons at the United Nations on July 7, a press release said.

Graphically depicting the horror of atom bomb, along with NSS volunteers of SNDT University and University of Mumbai, school students, social activists and peace-loving citizens in the city marched for peace and a nuclear-free world.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or voted on the treaty. "Thousands of American lives lost", Trump tweeted.

US President Barack Obama's unprecedented visit to Hiroshima in 2016 wasn't the source of controversy over the world's first nuclear attack so much as a reflection of the fact that this controversy never really goes away.

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