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Thursday, 1st July 2010
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Hiroshima survivors hold protest at nuclear talks

Talks between Japan and India aimed at putting together a nuclear pact have been protested by a group of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, it has been reported.

According to local news source the Mainichi Daily News, the group protested at the talks yesterday (June 30th) and claim that the discussions go against nuclear disarmament plans.

In a statement, extracts of which were published by the site, the Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition said: "India is a nuclear state and its relations with neighbouring Pakistan are tense and India produces depleted uranium which causes serious problems."

A representative from the group, Haruko Moritaki, had strong words for the Japanese government and accused it of failing to take into account the consequences of its actions in talking to India, who the group called a nuclear state.

Japan remains the only nation to have ever been hit by an atomic bomb, when the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by bombs dropped by the US in 1945. The death count remains unknown, as fatalities from radiation sickness and other bomb effects seen after the initial impact are difficult to measure.

Written by Mark Smith.

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