Hisroshima asks the G7 to work for denuclearization on the 78th anniversary of his bombing

Hiroshima today pushed for denuclearization to prevent a repeat of the horrors of the atomic bombing of this Japanese city on the 78th anniversary of the devastating attack and months after a historic visit to the city by G7 leaders.

In his annual declaration of peace, delivered during the ceremony at Peace Memorial Park, the park’s mayor said: Kazumi Matsuiwelcomed the historic visit of G7 leaders to the park and museum last May and urged politicians to abandon the idea of ​​nuclear weapons as a deterrent to war.

“Leaders around the world must face the reality that the nuclear threats now being voiced by certain policymakers expose the folly of the nuclear deterrent theory,” Matsui said, adding that “concrete steps must be taken immediately.” to lead us from a dangerous present to an ideal “world”.

The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidawho also attended the event, said in his speech that “the road to nuclear disarmament has become more dangerous due to growing international divisions and the nuclear threat posed by Russia,” adding that “it is crucial to heed the international push.” to revive a world without nuclear power.” Guns again”.

A minute’s silence was also observed this Sunday at 8:15 a.m. (11:15 p.m. Saturday GMT), the exact time that the The US bomber Enola Gay dropped a uranium bomb and detonated it over the city on August 6, 1945.

Japan.- Hiroshima is celebrating the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing, having already hosted the G7 summit
Japan.- Hiroshima is celebrating the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing, having already hosted the G7 summitEuropa Press/Contact/Rodrigo ReEUROPAPRESS

Kishida and Matsui’s statements came after leaders of the Group of Seven met in this Japanese city last May, where they paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Park and listened to the words of the mayor and survivors of the bombing -“hibakusha”-.

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This visit was criticized by some “hibakusha” as they felt that the statement and some of the gestures that emerged from the visit were “insufficient” to achieve true denuclearization and that the horrors experienced will not be repeated would.

The G7 has several Nuclear powers like the United States, the United Kingdom and France and in that first country are also two other countries with weapons: Germany and Italy, while Japan and Canada fall under Washington’s nuclear protection “umbrella.”

THE WISH OF THE SURVIVOR

Matsui also wanted to express the wish of the “hibakusha” and said that his country should serve as Reconciliation link between nuclear and non-nuclear powers and join the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.

This agreement, which came into force in 2021, would force the Asian country to forgo US nuclear protection.

It also includes prohibitions on the development, production, possession, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and is intended to send a clearer and stronger message than the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that came into force in 1970, of which Japan is a part.

“Japan should join the NPT immediately and at the second meeting in November this year, at least as an observer, create a common basis for discussions on the elimination of nuclear weapons,” Matsui said.

Hiroshima was the target of the first combat atomic bomb in history, dubbed “Little Boy”, dropped on August 6, 1945 by the US Air Force B-29 Enola Gay bomber.

The attack exterminated on the spot about 80,000 peoplethe vast majority of them civilians, a death toll that ultimately rose to 140,000 from resulting injuries and illnesses and more than doubled in subsequent years.

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