Japan Marks 68th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

World | August 6, 2013, Tuesday // 12:07|  views

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo by newsdaily.com

Japan is commemorating Tuesday the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as PM Shinzo Abe pledged to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hiroshima for a memorial to mark the anniversary of the first atomic bomb ever used in an attack, by the United States near the conclusion of World War II.

Survivors, relatives, and antinuclear activists assembled in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast, which killed as many as 140,000 people, international media inform.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that as the only country to have been attacked with nuclear weapons, it was Japan's duty to work to eliminate such weapons.

Radio Free Europe reminds that three days after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the United States dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands more people.

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