Gist of 72nd Hiroshima Peace Declaration

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

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

This outcome was the result of a global campaign focused on the unconditional unacceptability of the use of nuclear weapons, the Secretary-General noted, acknowledging the invaluable contribution made by Hiroshima's message of peace and the heroic efforts of hibakushas, or survivors of the atomic bombs.

With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

In light of the Constitution, Hiroshima calls on the government to do all it can to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapon states and those that do not have such weapons to facilitate the treaty's ratification.

Many Japanese and others in the region seem resigned to North Korea's apparent newfound capacity to launch nuclear-capable missiles capable of reaching much of the continental US.

Tokyo announced its surrender in World War II on Aug 15, 1945.

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Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since last year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, at the 72nd anniversary memorial service for victims of the bombing.

"As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment".

"Today, a single bomb can cause even greater damage than the bombs dropped 72 years ago".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the world can truly be free of such weapons only through the participation of both nuclear and non-nuclear states.

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

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