Japanese envoy reminds disarmament conference of devastation caused by atomic bombs

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Mari Amano

Since the atomic bomb attacks on two Japanese cities during World War II, the desire of the country's people to totally eliminate nuclear weapons has not let up.

That's what Japanese Ambassador Mari Amano told the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, the 68th anniversary of the bombing of the city of Hiroshima.

Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks.

"The desire of the Japanese people to totally eliminate nuclear weapons has been unremitting since 1945. I believe this is the same goal that the whole international community shares, including all of us in this Council Chamber. Although the number of nuclear weapons is decreasing, Japan is not satisfied with this amount, especially since we are aware of the devastation that can be caused from a single atomic explosion."

Ambassador Amano said a peace memorial ceremony was held in Hiroshima on Tuesday morning and that another will be held later in the week in Nagasaki to commemorate the 9 August 1945 atomic bombing of that city.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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