This year’s commemoration at Nagasaki’s Peace Park drew around 5,900 people [Jiji Press/AFP]

The south-western city of Nagasaki on Friday urged the Japanese government to sign a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, as the country paid tribute to the victims of the US atomic bomb attack on the city 74 years ago.

“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,” Nagasaki  Mayor Tomihisa Taue said in the annual peace declaration at a ceremony marking the anniversary.

The treaty was adopted by 122 countries in July 2017, but it has yet to be in force as it has not been

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