The mayor of Hiroshima, speaking on the 68th anniversary of the nuclear attack on his city, on Tuesday said Japan is wrong to be entertaining prospects of atomic trade with nuclear-armed India, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported.
Tokyo and and New Delhi agreed in May to pursue arrangements for peaceful nuclear trade, possibly enabling Japanese entities to build atomic power plants in the South Asian country. India possesses nuclear arms outside the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
"Even if the nuclear power agreement the Japanese government is negotiating with India promotes their economic relationship, it is likely to hinder nuclear weapons abolition," Mayor Kazumi Matsui said. He pressed his country to "strengthen ties with the governments pursuing abolition (of nuclear weapons)."
Matsui spoke to a crowd of about 50,000 near the location of the blast, which killed roughly 140,000 people by the close of 1945. U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos attended the gathering, joining other dignitaries from nearly six dozen countries.
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