“75 years ago today, the US gained the infamy of becoming the first and only user of nuclear weapons. And against innocents,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.
“Today, US & Israeli nukes threaten our region.
“It’s long overdue to overcome nuclear nightmare @ the #MAD doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction,” he added.
It was 8:16 a.m. on a Monday when the United States targeted Hiroshima with a flesh-melting atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, killing thousands of civilians. Another atomic bomb was dropped over the city of Nagasaki three days later in the final year of the World War II.
The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.
Over the next two to four months, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed between 90,000 and 146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000 and 80,000 people in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.