Japan commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima

Greenpeace activists hold up flags of the nuclear nations along with a 5 meter high mock nuclear bomb outside the United Nations Conference on Disarmament

The treaty's preamble uses the term hibakusha in its mention of "the unacceptable suffering" experienced by the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which had killed an estimated 214,000 people by the end of 1945.

However, in June, Japan had supported the United Kingdom, France and the U.S. in dismissing a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons.

Matsui was speaking at a ceremony here August 6 at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to mark the 72nd anniversary of the city's destruction from atomic bombing.

A number of speakers also talked about the United Nations last month adopting an worldwide treaty banning nuclear weapons. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945.

"This hell is not a thing of the past", said Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui in his peace declaration at yesterday's ceremony.

Guterres urged United Nations member states to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

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He referred to the adoption in July 2017 of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons by United Nations member states as a positive development.

Nuclear weapons are useless for national security, and possessing them does nothing more than endanger humanity.

He noted that adoption of the treaty was the outcome of the campaign focused on the unconditional unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons.

"For us to truly pursue a world without nuclear weapons, we need participation from both nuclear-weapon and non-nuclear-weapon states", said Mr Abe in his speech at the annual ceremony.

August 6 is observed as Hiroshima Day, while August 9 as Nagasaki Day.

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