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Nagasaki Mayor Slams Tokyo for Relying on Nuclear Deterrence

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The Japanese government should play a part in creating a nuclear weapons-free zone which will put an end to supporting the policy of nuclear deterrence, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Tuesday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Japanese city held a minute of silence commemorating the 71st anniversary of the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

"The Government of Japan, while advocating nuclear weapons abolition, still relies on nuclear deterrence. As a method to overcome this contradictory state of affairs, please enshrine the Three Non-Nuclear Principles in law, and create a ‘Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone’ as a framework for security that does not rely on nuclear deterrence," Taue said, reading out loud the Nagasaki Peace Declaration during the ceremony.

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He also urged the international community to bring together "collective wisdom" to not destroy the future of mankind with nuclear weapons.

In 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9 respectively. The bombing in Hiroshima killed about 150,000 people, and the raid on Nagasaki claimed the lives of some 70,000 people. The bombings, along with successful Soviet operation against the Kwantung Army, accelerated surrender of Japan, which put an end to the World War II.

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