NEW YORK – Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, in a speech at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday, reiterated the country’s resolve to realize a world without nuclear weapons.
Seventy years ago, more than 200,000 precious lives were lost in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Kishida’s hometown, and Nagasaki, he said, adding that the average age of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors now tops 80.
The surviving victims “have strong feelings not to let the memories of their experiences fade away and to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” he said.
“I pledge with renewed determination” to pass on their feelings “across borders and generations” and “realize a world free of nuclear weapons,” Kishida said.
The city of Hiroshima was devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II. Nagasakii suffered the same fate three days later.