U.N. Secretary-General Ban gives statement on Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement on the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the General Conference of Mayors for Peace on Saturday in Hiroshima, Japan.

Ban began by reflecting on the horrors that befell Hiroshima in 1945. He described his first visit there and noted how first-hand testimony made him truly understand what a tragic event the bombing was and the destructive capabilities of nuclear weapons.

"I will continue to do all I can to build a world free of nuclear weapons," Ban said. "That is why I launched a five-point proposal on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. It calls for negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or agreement on a framework of separate mutually reinforcing instruments, with verification."

Ban said the five-point proposal on nuclear disarmament seeks deep cuts in nuclear arsenal, security assurances, greater transparency and accountability. The proposal also calls attention to concerns like missiles, conventional arms, space weapons and terrorist attacks that use weapons of mass destruction.

Ban then addressed the Mayors for Peace agenda and commended them for their efforts in raising awareness about nuclear disarmament.

"I wish you all the best in all your work, especially your 2020 Vision Campaign," Ban said. "The United Nations will continue to serve as a central forum for the advancement of nuclear disarmament at the global level, and as your partner for peace."