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Remembering Hiroshima for a nuclear-free world

Calls grow louder to abolish nuclear weapons on the 75th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing

Remembering Hiroshima for a nuclear-free world

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows in front of the Memorial Cenotaph after delivering a speech during the 75th anniversary memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Park in Hiroshima on Aug. 6. (Photo: AFP)

Published: August 06, 2020 10:33 AM GMT

Updated: August 06, 2020 10:35 AM GMT

As the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Hiroshima today held a scaled-back memorial service on the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing.

The Peace Park in Hiroshima bore a deserted look this year as political leaders including Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui joined bomb survivors at the annual event.

"On August 6, 1945, a single atomic bomb destroyed our city. Rumor at the time had it that 'nothing will grow here for 75 years,'" Matsui said. "And yet Hiroshima recovered, becoming a symbol of peace."

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In a video message, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres called on all nations to renew steps to abolish nuclear weapons as "the only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk."

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