World faces ‘loaded gun’ on Hiroshima’s 77th anniversary

“Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” UN chief Antonio Guterres said Saturday in Hiroshima, on the 77th anniversary of the US atomic bomb attack on Japan.

“Tens of thousands of people were killed in this city in the blink of an eye. Women, children and men were cremated in a hellish fire,” he said.

“Nuclear weapons are nonsense. They do not guarantee any security – only death and destruction,” said António Guterres.

“We have to ask ourselves: what did we learn from the mushroom that swelled over this city?”

“Crises with serious nuclear overtones are spreading rapidly – to the Middle East, to the Korean peninsula, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” António Guterres said, reiterating the warnings he issued this week during a nuclear non-proliferation treaty conference in New York.

The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the people of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, wiping out the city and killing 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on the people of Nagasaki, killing another 74,000.

The United States remains the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons in war.

Thousands of people gathered in the Hiroshima Peace Park in the center of the city to mark the anniversary of the bombing.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also spoke at the memorial: “I must raise my voice to call on the people of the world that the tragedy of the use of nuclear weapons never happens again. Japan will follow its path to a world without nuclear weapons, no matter how narrow, steep or difficult it may be. »

A silent prayer was held at 8:15 a.m. when the bomb was dropped.

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