G7 foreign ministers collect in Hiroshima to discuss nuclear, maritime issues

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 1:22 PM

S. atom bomb more than seventy years ago, Japan kicked off a gathering of foreign ministers from the Grouping of Seven (G7) advanced economies with a call to finish nuclear weapons.

In a city obliterated by a U. S. atom bomb more than seventy years ago, Japan kicked off a gathering of foreign ministers from the Grouping of Seven (G7) advanced economies with a call to finish nuclear weapons.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who presides over the two-day annual meeting this year, said on Sun that ministers will also discuss anti-terrorism steps, maritime security and issues related to N Korea, Ukraine and the Middle East.

U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to connect his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Monday to visit an atomic bomb museum and lay flowers at a cenotaph for nuclear bomb victims, becoming the first in his post to do so.

The move could possibly pave the way for a never-before visit to Hiroshima by a U. S. president when Barack Obama attends the annual meeting of G7 leaders in Japan next month.

During World War II, a U. S. warplane dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. six, one thousand nine hundred forty-five, reducing the city to ashes and killing 140.000 people by the finish of that year.

Three days later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days later.

Maritime security is also on the cards after China rattled nerves in the region with its controversial reclamation work in the S China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday called for the participating ministers not to "hype up" the S China Sea issue.

Wang'south comment was followed by a scathing article by China'south official Xinhua News Agency on Sun on the prospects of the G7 meeting discussing the S China Sea matter.

"(Kishida) has purportedly coordinated to outline a joint communique regarding the sovereignty disputes over the S China Sea, despite the fact that neither Japan nor any G7 member is a relevant party to the disputes," the article said.

"Long uncomfortable with China'south rising influence in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have never passed up an opportunity to ride up and contain China," it said.

Kishida is scheduled to keep a final news conference as chair of the G7 meeting of foreign ministers on Monday afternoon, and will announce several G7 statements on issues including nuclear disarmament and maritime security.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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