Hiroshima 74 Years Later: World Urged to Work Towards Peace Without Atomic Weapons

The eyes of the world are turning to Hiroshima as the city commemorates the 74th year since the atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people.

The city’s mayor spoke Tuesday at an annual Aug. 6 ceremony in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, near ground zero.

In his peace address, Mayor Kazumi Matsui addressed the rise of “self-centered politics” and urged leaders to steadily work toward achieving a world without atomic weapons.

He also demanded Japan’s government represent the wills of atomic bombing survivors and sign a U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty.

The Hiroshima anniversary ceremony came hours after North Korea launched projectiles into the sea. Its recent weapons tests follow a stalemate in negotiations over its nuclear weapons.

The first U.S. attack on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 killed 140,000.

And the bomb dropped three days later on Nagasaki killed another 70,000 before Japan’s surrender ended World War II.