Thursday, 5th August 2010
In Events In Japan,
UN chief visits Nagasaki
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has visited Nagasaki as part of events being held to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city in the final days of the second world war.
Nagasaki and Hiroshima were both devastated by the dropping of atomic bombs by US forces in 1945, with tens of thousands killed from the initial impacts of the bombs and countless more dying over the coming years from the effects of the nuclear fallout and related illnesses.
While in Nagasaki, the UN secretary general called for the total abolishment of all nuclear weapons and toured the city's Atomic Bomb Museum. He also met with a number of survivors of the blasts and urged the world to work together for nuclear disarmament.
"The only way to ensure that such weapons will never again be used is to eliminate them all. There must be no place in our world for such indiscriminate weapons," he said.
Written by Mark Smith.
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