(ANSA) – TOKYO, 06 AUG – The Secretary of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, today at the ceremony of commemoration for the 77th anniversary of the bomb on Hiroshima, has called for a stop to the increase in stocks of nuclear weapons, warning that several crises with “dangerous nuclear nuances” are spreading rapidly.
“Nuclear weapons don’t make sense. Three quarters of a century later, we have to ask ourselves what we learned from the mushroom cloud that rose over this city in 1945,” said the UN secretary general at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park.
At the rally in honor of the victims of the first atomic assault of the American aviation, which took place on August 6, 1945, survivors of the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, young peace activists, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other local authorities participate.
“Crises with severe nuclear undertones are spreading rapidly, from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” he cautioned.
Finally, Guterres called the current Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference underway in New York a “sign of hope” and urged stakeholders “to act urgently to eliminate stocks that threaten our future, to strengthen dialogue, diplomacy and negotiation and to support my disarmament program by eliminating these devices of destruction “.
He then asked countries with nuclear arsenals for a commitment to “no first use” and to assure other states that they will not use – or threaten to use – atomic weapons against them. (HANDLE).