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G-7 'Hiroshima Vision' rekindles push for nuclear disarmament

Nations must work together to rebuild nonproliferation regime

G-7 leaders pose for a photo after laying flower wreaths during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as part of their summit in the Japanese city on May 19. (Pool via Reuters)

Humanity must never again repeat the disasters caused by nuclear weapons. The leaders of the Group of Seven nations gathered recently in Hiroshima, the site of the first atomic bombing, to show their shared determination to the world. This meeting should be used as an opportunity to reinvigorate the movement toward a nuclear weapons-free world.

The G-7 summit in Japan ended on May 21. In conjunction with the meeting, the leaders of each country toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which houses graphic relics and images of the devastation of the 1945 atomic attack, for 40 minutes and met with bomb survivors. The G-7 consists of the U.S., the U.K. and France, all nuclear powers, as well as Japan, Germany, Italy and Canada, which are protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

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