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TRUMAN WARNING

USE OF ATOMIC BOMB

Japanese Urged To Leave Their Industrial Cities N.Z. Press Association —Copyright LONDON, Aug. 10. "The British, Chinese and United States Governments have given the Japanese people adequate warning of what is in store for them," said President Truman in a radio broadcast yesterday. "We have laid down general terms on which they can surrender. Our warning has gone unheeded. Our terms have been rejected. Since then the Japanese have seen what the atomic bomb can do. They can foresee what it will do in the future. "The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on the military base of Hiroshima. That was because we wished the first attack to avoid as far as possible killing civilians; but that attack was only a warning of things to come. "If Japan does not surrender bombs will be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave the industrial cities immediately and save themselves from destruction. "I realise the tragic significance of the atomic bomb. Its production and use were not lightly undertaken, but we knew that our enemies were searching for it. We know now how close they were to finding it. "We knew the disaster which would come to this nation and all peaceful nations—all civilisation —if they found it first. That is why we felt compelled to undertake the long, uncertain and costly labour of discovery and production. We won the race against the Germans. "Having found the bomb we have used it to shorten the agony of war, to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans. We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan's power to make war. Only a Japanese surrender will stop us."

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TRUMAN WARNING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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TRUMAN WARNING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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