Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum shows a view of the mushroom cloud

70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum shows a view of the mushroom cloud

The skies over Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park were clear, just as they were on August 6, 1945, when an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city dotted with military installations, ultimately killing 140,000 people.

"When I was creating the buildings before the atomic bomb fell and after, I saw many photos of buildings that were gone".

Japanese high school pupils have produced a five-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima immediately before, during and after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago.

In his speech at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, Mayor Kazumi Matsui said certain nations were "rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War", although he did not identify those nations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe said in his speech, "It is the duty of Japan, as the only country to have been hit with atomic bombs in wartime, to work tirelessly in pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons".

Matsui expressed hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will continue through dialogue and called on global leaders to make an worldwide treaty comprehensively prohibiting nuclear weapons a "milestone" toward the goal of ridding the world of nuclear arsenals.

Nuclear powers such as the United States and Russian Federation, as well as Japan and others that rely on nuclear protection, didn't support the nuclear ban treaty when it was adopted and have not signed it.

The mayor called on the Japanese government to lead the global community towards "dialogue and cooperation for a world without nuclear weapons".

Three days later, a second U.S. atomic bomb killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki.

A minute of silence was observed at 8:15 AM - the exact time the bomb was dropped by the USA on August 6, 1945.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the USA dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people. The Atomic Bomb Dome is seen in the background.

The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his USA counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June.

"We look back at the past only so that we don't repeat it in the future and that's incumbent on all of us", said Herbert Rothschild, planning committee chair. But he pledged to do more to bridge their gap.

"Maintaining its three nonnuclear principles, our country is determined to make strenuous efforts to serve as a bridge between both parties", Abe said.

A man burns a stick of incense at the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

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