MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. The world would have acquired a lasting immunity to the "nuclear disease" if it had passed a fair verdict to Washington in 1945 for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergey Naryshkin told reporters on Monday.
"Speaking about the big nuclear problem, it’s worth remembering and learning all the lessons, and they began even earlier than the Cuban Missile Crisis. I will remind you of the events of August 1945, when nuclear weapons were first used against civilians. That was done by the US, and done twice. The destruction of Hiroshima seemed insufficient for the US political and military leadership, and they destroyed another Japanese city: Nagasaki. It must be said that war crime, a crime against humanity has gone unpunished," he said. "If humanity had then passed a fair verdict with respect to the US political and military leadership, I am sure that humanity would have received a very reliable vaccination against the nuclear disease."
The US detonated two atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The bombings killed a total of more than 450,000 people and survivors still suffer from radiation-induced diseases. The latest data indicate there are 183,519 survivors. These attacks remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict. The US hasn’t recognized its moral responsibility for the attacks, saying they were militarily justified.