Japan marked the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Friday with U.N. Secretary General and the United States representatives presented at the ceremony for the first time. U.S. Ambassador John Roos was joined by Ban Ki- Moon to attend the Aug. 6 ceremony. France and the U.K. also sent envoys to the event for the first time.
August 6 marks the 65th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped by the United States at the end of World War II on Hiroshima. Another was dropped a few days later on Nagasaki. The bombs devastated both cities and killed more than 200,000 people.
Ban said he would push for negotiations toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons next month in New York at the Conference on Disarmament, an international forum for discussing arms control. "Together, we are on a journey from ground zero to global zero -- a world free of weapons of mass destruction," Ban said. "That is the only sane path to a safer world. For as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will live under a nuclear shadow."
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, speaking at the ceremony, pledged to keep Japan’s principle not to possess, develop or allow nuclear weapons in the country. He said he wants atomic- bombing victims to tell the world of the horror of nuclear weapons as special envoys for nuclear disarmament.
Hiroshima anniversary brings U.N. head's call for disarmament [CNN August 6, 2010]
U.S. attends Hiroshima bombing ceremony for first time [Reuters, August 6, 2010]
U.S. Ambassador Roos, UN’s Ban Attend Hiroshima Event [Bloomberg, August 05, 2010]