Hiroshima and Nagasaki will adopt differing approaches in urging the government to join a group of countries endorsing a statement against the use of nuclear weapons in upcoming events to mark the 1945 atomic bombings, according to their mayors.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Wednesday he will condemn Tokyo for not endorsing the statement in his Aug. 9 peace declaration, but Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, whose declaration is slated for Aug. 6, said recently that his city will call on the central government to join a process toward endorsement.

At the April preparatory committee session for the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review meeting in Geneva, Japan did not endorse the statement demanding that atomic weapons never be used under any circumstances.