"The Japanese people and the whole world clearly remember the disgusting disaster that hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives owing to the A-bombs the U.S. dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki", the Korean Central News Agency said in an article. It was also reported that the preamble of the treaty even uses the word, "hibakusha" which means the "unacceptable suffering" experienced by the survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year. Then, the mayor again described nuclear weapons as an "absolute evil".
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui delivers a speech at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2017.
"As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment". Last month, the 122 members of the United Nations drafted and adopted the first treaty in the world to ban nuclear weapons.
Though the U.S.is interested in negotiating with North Korea, Tillerson said this week such talks would have to be predicated on the North giving up its nuclear weapons aspirations and that the conditions for such talks haven't yet been met by North Korea's government.
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, conducted two ballistic missile test-launches last month, which experts said placed U.S. cities in range of potential attack.
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The two Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles North Korea test-fired in July appear to have major USA cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago within their range.
However, the world's nuclear powers did not attend the conference where the treaty was approved.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged all states to intensify their efforts in pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world. Tensions between the US and Russian Federation are the highest they've been since the Cold War and friction with China continues.
The UN chief said the states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete steps regarding the nuclear disarmament.
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, becoming the first US president to ever visit the city.
They have reminded the world of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, he said, expressing United Nations support for a global effort towards a world free of nuclear weapons. North Korea is in violation of global law and of U.N. Security Council resolutions by conducting the tests. "We care about you", she said.