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This year marks the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan on August 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki on August 9. About 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima in the initial blast, with total deaths estimated at more than 237,000. At Nagasaki, an estimated 70,000 people were immediately killed, with more than 140,000 people dying in total from the initial blast, burns, injuries and radiation sickness.
August 6 and 9 are now days when people worldwide commemorate those who were killed in these horrendous acts of terrorism by the US imperialists. On these days people express the determination of the peoples of the world to say Never Again! to such crimes against humanity and reaffirm the demand for complete and total nuclear disarmament. There must be an end to the nuclear blackmail of the United States, which is the only country to have used these weapons of mass destruction.
Humanity's fight to rid the world of nuclear weapons requires stepping up the struggle to uphold the sovereignty and independence of all nations, and the elimination of the threat or use of force to settle conflicts. The working class and people must themselves organise for an anti-war government that rejects the use of force as a means of settling conflicts between nations and peoples.
Memorial events are planned across Britain for Hiroshima Day.
For details, see: http://cnduk.org/get-involved/events/item/2532-hiroshima-day
US Arms Build-up Aimed at Reducing Korean Peninsula to Field of Nuclear War
Rodong Sinmun, August 4
The service personnel and people of the DPRK will never overlook the United States' ceaseless arms build-up in south Korea, but will clear it and its vicinity of all US military bases for aggression and thus fulfil their historic mission of protecting the peace and security in the region and the rest of the world.
The US is massively introducing its strategic nuclear assets into south Korea and its vicinity.
What should not be overlooked is that the US Air Force recently decided to forward-deploy on Guam its B-1B supersonic strategic bombers capable of dropping nuclear bombs.
The prevailing situation indicates that a nuclear war may break out on the Korean peninsula owing to the ceaseless arms build-up in south Korea by the US.
The moves of the US to deploy THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defence] in south Korea have plunged it into a whirlwind of conflict and discord among the big powers. Consequently there is such a danger on the peninsula that it may become a theatre again of the big powers' fierce scramble.
The above-said arms build-up in south Korea indicates that the US, dreaming of dominating the world through the pursuance of the "pivot to Asia-Pacific" policy, is having no scruple in turning the peninsula, a strategic vantage point, into a shambles of a nuclear war to achieve its objective.
The distress-torn history of the last century, which brought such unbearable disgrace to the Korean nation, can never be repeated no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.
Chae Il Chul
Hiroshima by John Hersey, August 31, 1946, The New Yorker