Photo/IllutrationDoves are released into the sky after Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue delivered the Peace Declaration during a ceremony at Nagasaki Peace Park on Aug. 9. (Masaru Komiyaji)

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NAGASAKI--The mayor of this city urged greater action from Japan and the nuclear powers, owing to concerns of the rising danger of a nuclear disaster, at a peace ceremony here on Aug. 9 marking the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing.

During the Peace Declaration at the ceremony, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said, "The achievements of humankind and the results of our longstanding efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons are collapsing one after another, and the danger of a nuclear calamity is mounting."

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Izumi Nakamitsu, the U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs, and ambassadors and diplomats of 66 nations to Japan, including six nuclear nations, were in attendance at the event in Nagasaki Peace Park.

The attendees offered silent prayers from 11:02 a.m., the moment the atomic bomb detonated over the city on Aug. 9, 1945.

The ceremony came after the expiration on Aug. 2 of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which had been in effect for more than 30 years before the withdrawal of the United States, marking the end of the Cold War.

Touching on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), with next year marking the 50th year of it going into effect, Taue added in his speech, “All the nuclear states should recall the meaning of the treaty, which promises to eliminate nuclear weapons and compels each country to fulfill that duty."

Taue also appealed to the Japanese government and said, "As the only country in the world to have experienced the devastation caused by nuclear weapons, Japan must sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as soon as possible."

Abe, who offered flowers at the ceremony, did not touch on the anti-nuclear treaty in his speech.

The names of 3,402 hibakusha who died in the one-year period through July 31 were added to the list of atomic bomb victims, numbered at 182,601.