Survivors and dignitaries honored the 74,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the 73rd anniversary ceremony on Thursday. Around 5,800 people gathered to observe a minute’s silence at 11:02 local time, the exact moment when US bombers dropped the “Fat Man” nuclear device on the Japanese port city in 1945. The attack came three days after a nuclear strike on Hiroshima that killed 140,000. Less than a week after Nagasaki, Japan announced itssurrender, which officially ended World War II. Speaking at the memorial service, UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres warned that “fears of nuclear war are still with us” decades after the Nagasaki bombing. “States in possession of nuclear weapons are spending vast sums to modernize their arsenals,” he said. “More than $1.7 trillion (€1.5 trillion) was spent in 2017 on arms and armies — the highest level since the end of the Cold War.” Addressing the attendees at the Nagasaki peace park, Guterres also said that disarmament efforts “have slowed and even come to a halt,” adding that many countries “demonstrated their frustration by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons last year.” “Let us all commit to making Nagasaki the last place on earth to suffer… Read full this story
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