The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for “a world free of nuclear weapons.” This happened during a ceremony marking 72 years since the bombing at Hiroshima.
“This hell is not a thing of the past,” Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said at Sunday’s commemoration ceremony, reported The Independent.
“As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment.
“You could find yourself suffering their cruelty.”
The atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city near the end of World War 2 detonated 600 metres above the city and killed 140,000 people.
The prime minister’s message was overshadowed by the growing global threat posed by neighbouring North Korea.
Kim Jong-un, The North Korean leader, conducted two ballistic missile test-launches last month and experts said US cities in now in range of potential attack.
The second missile flew for about 1,000km and landed off the coast of Japan, according to US officials.
“We assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement.
“The missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1,000km before splashing down in the Sea of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment.
“This clearly shows the threat to our nation’s safety is severe and real,” said Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who vowed to do his ‘utmost to protect the safety of the Japanese people’.
“We cannot accept these repeated provocations by North Korea,” Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters.
Even though the details are not known yet, Melissa Hanham who is an expert in North Korea’s missile program, told The Guardian that she suspects that the missile being tested was the same Hwasong-14 projectile that Kim Jong-un’s regime launched on July 4th of this year.
“That test showed that Alaska was in range [and] my preliminary guess is that they are now testing this missile to see whether it can go further. We need to get all the data points to be able to calculate the range curve but it is possible that they are trying to demonstrate that indeed New York is not that far away.”