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Guterres calls for the “elimination” of nuclear weapons and regrets that the world continues to “fail” to achieve this goal.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked states, particularly those who possess nuclear weapons, for their “complete elimination” while lamenting that the world continues “without attaining this goal”.

This was expressed in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which, along with the bomb dropped in Nagasaki three days later, left more than 200,000 deaths due to radiation and 400,000 more deaths due to decades later health problems related to the pumps.

“From its earliest days and resolutions, the UN has recognized the need to completely eliminate nuclear weapons,” he stressed, noting that the organization’s birth that same year is linked to the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Guterres calls for the “elimination” of nuclear weapons and regrets that the world continues to “fail” to achieve this goal.
Guterres calls for the “elimination” of nuclear weapons and regrets that the world continues to “fail” to achieve this goal.

According to Guterres, “the risk that nuclear weapons will be used intentionally, accidentally or through misjudgment is too high to continue this trend.” In this context, he stated that the time had come to discuss the matter and called for the safeguarding and strengthening of non-proliferation and disarmament instruments and strategies.

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