TOKYO, April 18 – US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as unprecedented in terms of devastation and human suffering, but he did not name those who bombed Japan, nor did he offer any apologies.
“We, the G-7 countries, remain committed to maintaining and strengthening disarmament and non-proliferation efforts in order to build a more stable and secure world. This will also be touched upon at the highest level at the Hiroshima meeting, which along with Nagasaki, is a powerful reminder of the unprecedented devastation and suffering The enormous humanity suffered by the Japanese people as a result of the atomic bombing in 1945.
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At the same time, in response to a press comment that many Japanese residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including victims of the atomic bombings, demanded a visit from the heads of the G7 countries, including the United States, and the question that followed the US Secretary of State “something he could say to them,” Blinken, during his speech, did not say who exactly bombed Japanese cities, nor did he offer an apology.
On August 6 and 9, 1945, the US military dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 140 thousand people died in Hiroshima, and 74 thousand in Nagasaki. The vast majority of the victims of the atomic bombing were civilians. Every year on these days, memorial ceremonies are held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the nuclear tragedy that claimed a total of 214,000 lives.
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