There must never be another nuclear attack says Ban Ki-moon

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An ominous mushroom cloud rose thousands of feet into the air blotting out the sun and showering deadly ash and radioactive debris on what remained of the town and people of Hiroshima, Japan – UN Photo/Mitsuo Matsushige

The elimination of nuclear weapons is not just a visionary goal, but the most reliable way to prevent their future use.

That's the message of United Nations Secretary-General to a ceremony to mark the United States atomic bombing of the Japanese city Hiroshima in 1945.

Donn Bobb reports.

In his message to the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima on Monday, Ban Ki-moon said that each year on 6 August, people throughout the world think about the "human catastrophe" that occurred in Hiroshima in 1945.

He said they remember the tens of thousands of civilians who perished on what he called "that fateful day".

The Secretary-General said people understand that nuclear weapons cannot be used without indiscriminate effects on civilian populations.

Mr. Ban said the more countries view nuclear weapons as unacceptable and illegitimate, the easier it will be to solve related problems such as proliferation or their acquisition and use by terrorists.

His message was delivered by High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane who also attended the World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs held in Hiroshima.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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