UN chief to visit memorials for Korean atomic bomb victims in Japan

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to pay visits to memorials dedicated to Korean atomic bomb victims in two Japanese cities during his trip to Japan next week, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said at a press briefing in Tokyo on Friday.

The secretary-general plans to visit the memorial for Korean atomic bomb victims in Nagasaki on Aug. 5. He will visit another memorial in Hiroshima the following day, according to a draft schedule provided by the ministry.

Ban is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Tuesday for the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities. He will be the first UN chief to be present on such an occasion. Ban is set to attend Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony and visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Aug. 6.

The official said the secretary-general hoped that his visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki will draw attention to the urgent need to achieve global nuclear disarmament.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States used a massive, atomic weapon against Hiroshima, Japan, to press for the early surrender of the Japanese militarists who had for decades waged aggression wars against neighboring countries in Asia. This atomic bomb flattened the city, killing tens of thousands of civilians. Three days later, the United States struck again, on Nagasaki.

The secretary-general also plans to hold meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada during the visit.

Source: Xinhua


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