Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kurz: We have to bring new Momentum to nuclear disarmament

Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Vienna, 5 August 2015 - “Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. It is not only an occasion of commemorating the hundreds of thousands of victims that this terrible tragedy claimed. Every state around the world should draw the right conclusions from it, especially in the light of current geopolitical tensions. The great danger coming from these weapons is far from over”, said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 an 9 August 1945.

“The destructive power of the currently around 16.000 nuclear weapons worldwide by far supersedes that of the bombs used over Japan. Today we have better scientific evidence on the fatal consequences of the use of atomic weapons. There would be no winners. Humanity as a whole would lose”, Sebastian Kurz underlined. This is one of the conclusions drawn during the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, which was organised by the Foreign Ministry in December 2014.

“The 70th anniversary of the devastating events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be a wake up call for us to redouble our efforts in international nuclear disarmament. This is why Austria has initiated a call for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear arms under international law, which 110 states have joined already”, Sebastian Kurz closed.