The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, warned today in Hiroshima that humanity “plays with a loaded weapon” due to nuclear proliferation and open sources of conflict, on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of that Japanese city.
“Only an error, a misunderstanding or a miscalculation separates us from the apocalypse,” Guterres said during his speech at the ceremony in memory of the approximately 140,000 fatalities left by the first atomic attack in history, carried out by the US Air Force. on August 6, 1945.
Guterres participated in the act for the 77th anniversary of the tragedy together with the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida, the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, representatives of 98 countries and institutions and “hibakusha” or survivors of the nuclear bombardment.RELATED
The UN Secretary General underlined the risk of a repetition of the horrors of Hiroshima due to the more than 13,000 atomic weapons currently in existence in the world and the crises with “nuclear components” such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the situation on the peninsula Korea or the Middle East.
He pointed out, however, that there are “signs of hope” such as the tenth review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that has been held at the United Nations since the beginning of the month, and whose members called for “urgent work to eliminate all nuclear arsenals that threaten our future.
The Japanese prime minister also stressed that the movement towards a world free of nuclear weapons “seems to be slowing down”, before which he appealed from Hiroshima to “stand up and commit to never repeating a similar tragedy”.
Kishida reiterated that Japan will respect its triple anti-nuclear commitment (neither develop, possess nor allow the deployment of this type of weapon in its territory), despite the fact that certain voices from its ruling party have called for rethinking these principles in the face of escalating tensions. in Asia-Pacific.
“Japan will reconcile the regional security situation with its desire to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons,” said the Japanese leader, who pointed to the G7 leaders’ summit scheduled for next May in Hiroshima as an opportunity to promote nuclear non-proliferation. .
The ceremony was held this Saturday at the Peace Park in this city in western Japan, located near the hypocenter of the devastating nuclear explosion, and began with a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m. local time (23:15 p.m. GMT). Friday).
That was the exact time at which the B-29 Enola Gay of the US Air Force launched the “Little Boy” 77 years ago, as the first nuclear device used in a war was baptized.
Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the US dropped a second nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki, leading to Japan’s capitulation six days later and ending World War II.
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