G7 leaders visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Park on Friday, a historic and symbolic visit: a message against Putin’s nuclear threat, North Korea’s missile tests and the rapid expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal.
G7 leaders visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Park on Friday, a historic and symbolic visit with a message against nuclear weapons. The summit is getting underway and the leaders are likely to unveil new sanctions and export controls targeting Russia.
The European Union announced it would “limit” Russian diamond trade after the United States and United Kingdom talked of new sanctions against Moscow.
Leaders from Japan, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in the visit before the formal start of the summit.
At a press conference before the opening session, European Council President Charles Michel reiterated the EU and the G7’s support for Ukraine.
“We in the EU are working hard to get Ukraine what it needs: more weapons, more ammunition, and quickly. This will be crucial. We have supported Ukraine with solidarity and determination, and we Will keep it going as long as it’s necessary,” ” he declared. Michael.
Never repeat what happened in Hiroshima
Apart from putting pressure on Russia, this summit also starts with the purpose of talking on climate crisis and artificial intelligence.
Putin’s nuclear threats against Ukraine, along with North Korea’s missile tests and the rapid expansion of China’s nuclear arsenal, made nuclear disarmament an essential part of the summit.
Heads of state and government lay wreaths before the memorial commemorating the 140,000 deaths caused by the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. where their names are preserved and an epitaph appears in the Japanese language assuring that the horror experienced will not happen again.
Hiroshima was devastated on August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb used in actual combat, dubbed “Little Boy”, was dropped on the city by an Enola Gay aircraft.
The bomb immediately killed around 80,000 people, roughly 30% of the population at the time. At the end of 1945, the balance had risen to nearly 140,000 and in the following years the number of victims more than doubled due to the effects of radiation.