The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has warned this Friday in Hiroshima that “humanity is playing with a loaded gun” in the face of a new arms race.
“It is totally unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to admit the possibility of nuclear war. Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” Guterres said on the 77th anniversary of Japan’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Thus, since the Hiroshima memorial, the Secretary-General has paid tribute to the victims of the atomic bombs. “Today in Hiroshima, I paid tribute to the tens of thousands of people who died from the atomic bombs 77 years ago. We cannot forget the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” he said on his Twitter account.
In addition, in the publication he added that we must “act in his memory and erase nuclear weapons from the face of the earth once and for all.”
The head of the UN has considered that “nuclear weapons do not make any sense”: “We must ask ourselves what we have learned from the mushroom cloud that rose over this city in 1945,” he said, according to a United Nations statement.
Guterres has lamented the bombing of Japanese territory in World War II. He has also reflected on geopolitical tensions during the Cold War over the “terrifying amagos that put humanity within minutes of annihilation.”
In turn, he has warned that world leaders are spending huge amounts of money to increase nuclear weapons arsenals with the consequent acceleration of a new arms race.
“Crises are spreading rapidly with serious nuclear funds, from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, through the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” he criticized.
Despite warnings of the possible consequences of the current geopolitical instability, the secretary-general has claimed to glimpse “signs of hope”.
Thus, he recalled that in June members of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons met for the first time to develop a road map towards a world free of these weapons of the end of the world. Meanwhile, he recalled, this week the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is being held in New York.
“Today, from this sacred space, I call on the members of this Treaty to work urgently to eliminate the arsenals that threaten our future,” Guterres urged.