North Korea nuke test draws quick condemnation from mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki


Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui has sent a letter of protest to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by mail over the reclusive country’s latest nuclear test on Wednesday, the city said.

“I am outraged and cannot tolerate this deed of violence. On behalf of the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, I vehemently protest,” Matsui said in the letter.

The mayor condemned North Korea for defying “earnest efforts of the international community for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation” and “callously trampling on our (hibakusha’s) ardent wish for peace, which was born from their suffering and deep sorrow.”

A copy of the letter is now on display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, according to the city government.

In the city of Nagasaki, Mayor Tomihisa Taue released a statement that condemned North Korea for the nuclear test and urged the country to stop its nuclear arms quest immediately.