August 16, 2022

How the atomic bombing of Hiroshima shaped North Korea’s fears for decades

North Korea sees the United States’ refusal to apologize as a sign that Washington might use nuclear weapons again

This week marks 75 years since the United States contentiously dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II — and decades later, North Korea still has very strong views on it.

Dropped by the Enola Gay Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber at 8:15 a.m. and exploding 43 seconds later, the atomic bombs — “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” — resulted in around 135,000 and 64,000 casualties, respectively. Many of those not vaporized by the initial blast were later gruesomely killed by radiation-induced cancers.