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Russia urges international tribunal over 1945 US nuke attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Speaker of the Russsian Duma Sergey Naryshkin (AFP photo)

Russia has called for the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the 1945 atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“The bombings of the Japanese cities, which were the only instances in human history when atomic weapons were used, have never been subject to an international tribunal. But we all know, that crimes against humanity have no statute of limitation,” Speaker of the Russian Duma Sergey Naryshkin said.

He also took to task the US government for having launched the attacks on the Japanese cities in a flagrant violation of international conventions banning the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilian population.

“The current US authorities want to conceal not the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this would be impossible, but the hypocrisy and cynicism of their leaders of these times,” Naryshkin said, adding, “Such behavior casts a shadow on the modern American policies which, of course, retain the legacy of exceptionalist ideology and the position of own infallibility and arrogant force.”

This handout picture taken on November, 1945 shows the A-bomb Dome, three months after atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. (AFP photo)

Naryshkin said the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to the death of a large number of civilians who had absolutely no involvement in the crimes committed at the time by the Japanese army.

He called into question the military justification of the attacks, saying Japan was practically defeated after the Soviet Army’s victories in Manchuria.

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped a four-thousand kilogram uranium bomb on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 people. Three days later, the Japanese port city of Nagasaki was also attacked by an atomic bomb, which left another 70,000 people dead.

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