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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Hiroshima 70th anniversary: we must remember, we must disarm


To mark the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Green MEP Jean Lambert said:

‘Today is the 70th anniversary of the horrendous destruction of Hiroshima. At Hiroshima, instant mass destruction was unleashed and a city was levelled by one plane, dropping one bomb. August 6, 1945 changed the world. While remembering, we must also consider the on-going implications because the threat remains. Today, nine nations have a stockpile of over 15,000 nuclear warheads – the UK is one of them.

‘We are not only commemorating an appalling historical event because proliferation remains and the threat is growing. As well as thinking about that profound day, we should also consider what steps must be taken towards nuclear disarmament. There are a growing number of voices saying that replacing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system is costly and unnecessary as it does nothing to respond to the security risks we now face.

‘The UK can take the lead in nuclear disarmament if it has the courage and vision to do it. To deploy a nuclear weapon, we only need to have one. Has our human race learned nothing?’