Aug 09, 2020 16:50 UTC
  • Culprit in Japan nuke attacks claims to oppose WMDs: Mousavi

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman says the country, which is behind nuclear bombings of two cities in Japan, killing thousands of people, now claims to be advocating the eradication of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

“Maybe happen is never once..” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a Sunday tweet, quoting a line from American writer and poet, William Faulkner.

“However, atomic bombardment took place more than once,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said, adding, “The [nuclear] bombardments of [the Japanese cities of] Hiroshima and Nagasaki still lingers in memories of the people of Japan and the world.”

“The interesting point is that the culprit in both cases is a government, which instead of being accountable, claims to be a pioneer in eliminating weapons of mass destruction,” Mousavi noted.

The spokesperson posted the tweet on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of American B-29 bomber Bockscar's dropping of a 4.5-ton plutonium bomb dubbed “Fat Man” on the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, killing more than 70,000 of its residents. Many people died immediately while others succumbed to their injuries or radiation-related illnesses weeks, months, and years later.

The atomic bombing of Nagasaki took place three days after the US dropped another atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, which  killed 140,000 people.

Japan on Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, calling for a ban on nuclear weapons.

In a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said more than seven decades after the US’ nuclear massacre in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Washington’s infamous legacy lives on with the country and its staunch ally Israel now menacing the West Asia region with their nuclear arsenals.

“Today, US & Israeli nukes threaten our region,” Zarif tweeted.

Recalling the catastrophe, the top Iranian diplomat said, “75 years ago today, the US gained the infamy of becoming the 1st and ONLY user of nuclear weapons. And against innocents.”

No US official was ever prosecuted over the bombings.