Residents of Nagasaki held a moment of silence in the memory of victims of the nuclear bomb attack that occurred on August 8, 1945. The ceremony occurred in the Park of Peace in the downtown Japanese city, wrote Kyodo.
The event took place at 11.02 a.m. local time; it is exactly when the Fat Boy nuclear bomb exploded over Nagasaki in August 1945.
Tomihisa Taue, the Nagasaki mayor turned to people with a speech, calling on Russia and the United States to cut their nuclear stocks.
"In order to follow a single path toward a world free of nuclear weapons amidst these two conflicting movements, world leaders must commit to nuclear arms reductions and build trust through dialogue, and civil society must push them in this direction", he said.
"I am deeply concerned by the lack of progress towards the goal of a nuclear-free world. I call on all States that possess nuclear weapons to adopt risk reduction measures, individually & jointly. The only guarantee against the use of nuclear weapons is their total elimination", reads the message.