Japan marks 72nd Nagasaki anniversary amid mounting nuclear tensions

Japan marks 72nd Nagasaki anniversary amid mounting nuclear tensions
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Amid mounting nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea, Japan has been marking the 72 anniversary of the atomic bombing on Nagasaki.

Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended commemorations in the city, the site of the last nuclear bomb attack to take place.

“Here in Nagasaki, a city that continues to pray for perpetual peace, I reaffirm my commitment to realizing a peaceful world without nuclear weapons. At the same time, I give my condolences to those who lost their lives because of the nuclear bomb, and I pray for peace of mind for the relatives of the victims, the participants of this ceremony, and all Nagasaki citizens,” Abe said.

The bombing of Nagasaki killed more than 70,000 people.

It came just three days after the attack on Hiroshima, the site of the world’s first atomic bomb. That claimed 140,000 lives.

Shortly after Nagasaki Japan announced its surrender bringing World War II to an end.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Facts about Nagasaki bombing

A city of contrasts: Why Tokyo's tranquillity and buzz make it so special

WATCH: Japanese professional fighters wrestle in bullet train