The mayor of Nagasaki has marked the 60th anniversary of the city's devastation by an atomic bomb with a plea for a global ban on nuclear weapons.
Addressing thousands in Nagasaki's Peace Memorial Park on Tuesday, Itcho Itoh denounced nations possessing nuclear arms, taking particular aim at the United States. The mayor blasted Washington for clinging to its policy of nuclear deterrence, and challenged Americans to question whether maintaining a stockpile of thousands of nuclear weapons enhances U.S. security.
Soon after, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed to protect Japan's pacifist constitution and to keep nuclear weapons off Japanese soil.
More than 70-thousand people were killed on August 9, 1945, when a single plutonium bomb dropped from an American military aircraft leveled the city.
Following the two nuclear attacks on Hiroshima on August 6th and Nagasaki on August 9th, the Japanese unconditionally surrendered on August 15, 1945, ending World War Two.