Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum shows a view of the mushroom cloud

For the vote of the treaty text, 122 nations voted in favor while 69 nations chose not to vote - all of which were nuclear weapon states.

Matsui said these nations are "explicitly expressing self-centered nationalism" while modernizing their nuclear weapons.

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a bad error", Matsui said.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message the legacy of Hiroshima is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from hibakusha survivors.

The skies over Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park were clear, just as they were on August 6, 1945, when an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city dotted with military installations, ultimately killing 140,000 people.

Despite some expectations of progress toward nuclear disarmament in recent years, Mayor Kazumi Matsui warned of the re-emergence of tensions over nuclear weapons seen during the Cold War and sought rational actions by global leaders.

A survey conducted by the Kyodo News agency showed 81 per cent of the survivors want Japan to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Foreign Minister Zarif in a tweet on Monday remembered the 73rd anniversary of the United States' nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, describing the USA as the "first and only" country to ever use nukes, "on an urban center of all targets".

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His call however highlighted Japan's contradictory relationship with nuclear weapons.

"We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue, " he said.

The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his United States counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the anniversary event.

In order to gain cooperation, Abe said, world leaders must understand "the reality of the tragedy of nuclear attacks", and reiterated Japan's pledge to maintain its pacifist and nonnuclear principles. Japan surrendered six days after that, ending World War II.

Organizers of this year's observance hope to draw attention to the treaty and have the U.S.be the first of the nuclear powers to take the first steps in ratifying it.

Tomie Makita, 88, of Hiroshima pays a visit to the park every year on August 6 to remember the bombing that claimed the lives of her friends.

Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima in May 2016.

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