Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for the abolition of nuclear weapons at the commemoration of the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima 75 years ago.
Abe pointed to the deterioration of the international security situation.
The commemoration ceremony that Abe engaged for his repeated appeal was less than usual due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Elderly bomb survivors, diplomats and politicians sat at an appropriate distance from each other across from the iconic dome ruin that serves as a memorial to the Hiroshima bombing. At 8:15 a.m. local time, when the American bomb nicknamed Little Boy was dropped, attendees observed a minute of silence.
The Japanese Prime Minister called on fighting and arguing countries to engage in a dialogue to address threats to international security. Abe added that Japan would persist in its principles of never owning, making or introducing a nuclear weapon.
“As the only country that has ever suffered a nuclear attack, we have to contribute to a world without nuclear weapons,” said Abe. He added that Hiroshima’s recovery strengthens his determination to overcome the coronavirus.