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US attends Hiroshima commemorations

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The peace bell tolled at 8.15am. That was the time the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. On the 65th anniversary, survivors joined tens of thousands in the Japanese city in a minute’s silence.

Hiroshima’s mayor, Japan’s prime minister and the UN Secretary General called for today’s nuclear weapons to be eliminated.

Ban Ki-moon said:
“Together we are in a journey from ground zero to global zero, a world free of weapans of mass destruction. That is the only safe path to a safer world.”

The US, which dropped the bomb, sent a representative to the ceremony for the first time. So did America’s wartime allies Britain and France, both nuclear powers today.

The attack killed at least 140,000. Three days afterwards came a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, prompting Japan’s surrender.