UN Chief in Nagasaki calls for nuclear disarmament



UN Chief in Nagasaki calls for nuclear disarmament Nagasaki: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the abolishment of nuclear weapons on Thursday during a visit to Nagasaki, one of two Japanese cities devastated by US atomic bombs in the closing days of World War II.

Ban toured the Atomic Bomb Museum and met with six survivors during his visit, the first by a UN chief to Nagasaki. More than 70,000 people were killed when the US bombed the southern Japanese city on August 9, 1945.

"My visit here has strengthened my conviction that these weapons must be outlawed, either by a nuclear weapons convention or by a framework of separate mutually reinforcing instruments," Ban said in a speech at Nagasaki's Urakami Cathedral.

The cathedral, just 2,000 feet (600 metres) from the bomb's hypocenter, was completely destroyed and was rebuilt along with much of the city after the war.

Ban said nations must work together to create a world free from nuclear weapons.

The only way to ensure that such weapons will never again be used is to eliminate them all, he said ",there must be no place in our world for such indiscriminate weapons".

Ban is to visit Hiroshima tomorrow to attend the 65th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of that city on August 6, 1945. About 140,000 people were killed or died within months in Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on August 15, ending World War II.

US Ambassador John Roos will also attend the ceremony in Hiroshima, becoming the first representative sent by Washington to the annual commemoration.

Nuclear powers France and Britain will also send representatives to the Hiroshima ceremony for the first time.

PTI