Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6, 1945, seventy three years ago the US president Harry Turman gave the order to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, resulted in killing about 140,000 by the end of the year, out of the 350,000 who lived in the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

The US nuclear strike 73 years ago marked the second and the last time such weapons were used in WWII, which inflicted damage of unprecedented scale in human history.

We remember this deadly anniversary with truly heavy heart, and we warn from the fears of nuclear war were still present. Despite so many different disarmament negotiations held so far, a large number of nuclear weapons still remain today.

Breaking away from the wrong notion of security provided by nuclear weapons, the elimination of nuclear weapons must be sought for as the common goal.

We urge all the nuclear weapons states to implement the “ unequivocal undertaking “ to abolish nuclear weapons and urge the further NPT review conference to take a concrete step forward towards swiftly concluding a treaty to totally ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

For this purpose, we call on the US and other nuclear weapons states, the permanent members of the UN Security Council to take strong initiatives in the UN general Assembly session starting in next September.

We place great expectation in the governments of all nations and the UN to commit to working together with us in achieving the goal of the eliminating of all atomic weapons.

Abolition of nuclear weapons is essential for building peace and just world based on the principle of UN charter providing the equality of all nations and peaceful solutions of conflicts.

AAPSO fully support all efforts to create a world free of weapons of mass destruction and to create a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, our struggle to defeat the doctrine of nuclear deterrence continues to be an important task for our movement to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.