On the anniversary of the moment the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, a shadow looms over the city as North Korea test-launches its own nuclear missiles on Japan's doorstep. Is a world free of nuclear weapons possible?
The White House had a different opinion of which country was helpful, however. In a rare UN appearance North Korea's UN ambassador said its nuclear ambitions were in self-defense against the US and its "blackmail."
The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul's military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date.
The move comes after North Korea recently tested missiles over the pacifist country. The new missiles will be capable of reaching North Korea.
A top UN official said he encouraged North Korea to be open to "talks about talks" during a visit to the country. The United States also appeared to drop preconditions for talking with North Korea.
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