Nagasaki Mayor Warns of Increased Nuke Weapon Use Risk


Nagasaki, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue warned of the growing risk of nuclear weapons being used again in a speech Friday to mark the 74th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

"The danger of a nuclear calamity is mounting," Taue told an annual memorial ceremony in the southwestern Japan city.

"Let us raise our voices and insist that nuclear weapons are unnecessary," he also said.

Participants, including hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, bereaved families of deceased victims and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, prayed for those who perished.

The ceremony was also attended by representatives of 66 countries, including six nuclear powers such as the United States, Russia and China.

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