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Thu, 06 Aug, 2015 12:06:32 AM
FTimes Report, August 06
This handout picture taken on August 6, 1945 by the US Army and released from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum shows a mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb dropped by B-29 bomber Enola Gay over the city of Hiroshima. Charred bodies bobbed in the brackish waters That flowed through Hiroshima 70 years ago this week, on a once-vibrant Japanese city was consumed by the searing heat of the world's first nuclear attack. About 140,000 people are Estimated to have been killed in the attack, Including Those Who survived the bombing itself but died soon afterward due to severe radiation exposure. Photo AFP-LEHTIKUVA
The Hiroshima Day, commemorating 6 August 1945, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, will be observed in Finland today as elsewhere in the world to remind the destruction and suffering caused by the nuclear weapons and of the progress needed in nuclear disarmament.
A memorial ceremony organised in Japan will commemorate the victims of atomic bombings.
Finland will be represented by Ambassador Manu Virtamo in the ceremony there, said a press release of the Ministry for Foreign Ministry issued on Wednesday.
A nuclear weapon was used exactly 70 years ago in Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki.
Now attention to nuclear weapons and their effects are being paid in the framework of the so called Humanitarian Initiative. 
Finland supports this initiative and promotes the aim of achieving a world without nuclear weapons, said the release.
Finland stresses the importance of getting nuclear weapons states involved in this dialogue in order to achieve progress in nuclear disarmament. It has supported, for example, US and Russian action in reducing the number of nuclear weapons and encourages every nuclear weapon state to take steps towards their elimination.
Nuclear disarmament should also apply to the so called short range nuclear weapons, according the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Finland is active in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and in international nuclear safety cooperation.
Finland emphasises the importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is a strong supporter of the International Atomic Energy Agency.  
The agreement reached by the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) with Iran on the country's nuclear programme is a significant step in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Finland supports the implementation of the agreement, said the release.
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