UN Chief Antonio Guterres indicated that it is unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of nuclear war, which would spell the end of humanity
“Seventy-seven years ago, nuclear weapons were dropped on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tens of thousands of women, children, and men were killed in the blink of an eye, incinerated in a hellish fire. Buildings turned to dust. The cities’ beautiful rivers ran with blood,” Guterres said during his visit to Hiroshima city in Japan.
“Those who survived were cursed with a radioactive legacy, stalked by health problems, and subjected to lifelong stigma because of the nuclear bombing,” he added.
The UN Secretary-General said, “It is time for world leaders to be as clear-eyed as the hibakusha and see nuclear weapons for what they are. Nuclear weapons make no sense,” affirming that these weapons cannot deliver safety, protection or security and deliver only death and destruction.
Guterres made these remarks after his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, and the people of Hiroshima in memory of an unprecedented catastrophe.
He also held a meeting with a group of the survivors — the hibakusha, whose numbers grow smaller each year. On the other hand, they took this occasion to tell him with unflinching bravery what they witnessed on that terrifying day in 1945.