Incense sticks were burnt in the city on Thursday morning. Photo by BBC.

 

Incense sticks were burnt in the city on Thursday morning. Photo by BBC.
Incense sticks were burnt in the city on Thursday morning. Photos by BBC.

Residents of Hiroshima, Japan commemorated 70 years since the world’s first atomic bomb explosion hit their city during the final stages of the Second World War on August 6, 1945.

The United States, as a counter to the earlier bombings of their fleet at Pearl Harbour by Japan, dropped a Uranium gun-type atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima that exploded 600 metres above the city killing at least 7000 people, with the acute effect claiming 140,000 lives after the explosion.

During the ceremony held at the Hiroshima Memorial Grounds in Japan, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the world to fight the use of nuclear weapons.

″We have to collectively contribute to keeping the world atomic bomb free by ensuring that the nuclear states come to terms with non-nuclear states, ″ Mr. Abe said adding that: ″ we as Japan are willing to act as peace makers for both sides.″

A mushroom cloud over Hiroshima following the explosion of an atomic bomb.
A mushroom cloud over Hiroshima following the explosion of an atomic bomb.

Of recent the United States has been instrumental in fighting the use of nuclear weapons with President Barack Obama engaged in the pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, which is on the brink of being attained.

In an interview with Aljazeera, Mr Greg Thielmann of the Arms Control Association said North Korea remains the only country testing nuclear weapons today.