People burn joss sticks in front of the cenotaph for the atomic bombing victims before the start of ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima, western Japan. The Hiroshima bombing and its aftermath ultimately claimed about 140,000 lives, helping to draw to a close the deadliest conflict in history and, for better or worse, usher in the atomic age.
US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, are escorted by a Japanese security guard after the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Parkin Hiroshima, western Japan.
FILE PHOTO - In this Sept. 8, 1945, the shell of a building stands amid acres of rubble in this view of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On Aug. 6, 1945, a US plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the first nuclear weapon has been used in war. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II.