The Prime Minister, António Costa, today called for reflection on the “values of peace and cooperation between peoples”, on the day that marks 75 years of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima
“75 years ago, the world woke up to a new era with the nuclear devastation of #Hiroshima and then #Nagasaki. It is a time to reflect on the values of peace and cooperation between peoples and to ensure that the first nuclear bombings were the last, ”wrote António Costa on the social network Twitter.
Precisely 75 years ago, in Hiroshima, at 08:15 local time, the first atomic bomb was launched in a war scenario, by the American bomber Enola Gay. The bomb had the code name “Little Boy”, three meters long, 71 cm wide and a power equivalent to 13 kilotonnes of TNT, causing the death of 140.000 people.
Three days later, on August 09, 1945, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, leading to Japan's capitulation and the end of World War II.
Hiroshima marked today the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city, with the city's mayor criticizing the Japanese government for refusing to sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty.
The treaty was approved at the UN on July 07, 2017 by 122 member states, but for it to enter into force it needs to be ratified by at least 50 nations, and so far only 40 have done so.