Tuesday, August 9, 2022

UN chief in Japan: “Humanity is playing with a loaded gun”

77 years ago, the US turned Hiroshima into hell with the first atomic bomb in the war. Today the nuclear threat is on the rise again. For the anniversary, there is an immediate appeal from Japan.


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  • Facing global concerns about a new nuclear arms race, the Japanese city of Hiroshima remembers the victims of the atomic bombing 77 years ago.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a commemoration ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Park on Saturday, “The crisis is spreading rapidly with a serious nuclear crisis – from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” “Humanity is playing with a loaded gun”. It was the first time in 12 years that the UN chief attended the annual commemoration of Hiroshima. Russia and its ally Belarus were not invited.

At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the time American bomber Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the people of Hiroshima observed a minute’s silence. Thousands of Hiroshima residents died instantly, and by the end of 1945 an estimated 140,000 had died. Three days after Hiroshima, the United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Soon after, the Japanese Empire surrendered. Hiroshima is now a global symbol of war and peace.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, “We must immediately make all nuclear buttons meaningless.” In his speech to representatives of 98 countries and the European Union, he explicitly referred to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, in which innocent civilians were victims. “Around the world, the notion that peace depends on nuclear deterrence is gaining ground,” Matsui said. Russia recently confirmed that it does not want to start a nuclear war. “We believe that there can be no winner in a nuclear war and it should never be started,” President Vladimir Putin wrote in New York in greeting the Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which lasted until August 26.

Nuclear disarmament faltered even before Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine. Now the shortage of about 13,000 nuclear weapons around the world is becoming even more difficult. “We must always keep in mind the horrors of Hiroshima and recognize that a nuclear weapon is not the only solution to the nuclear threat,” said Guterres, who drew applause for the Hiroshima speech. Japan is hosting the summit of the seven major democratic economic powers (G7) in the city next year.

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