Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
Japan – This Saturday thousands of people have remembered the Japanese city of Hiroshima the 77th anniversary of the launch of a US nuclear bomb, the first in history detonated against the civilian population, in the aftermath of World War II.
Every year citizens gather in the city's Peace Monument Park with the participation of the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, and representatives of 99 countries and the UN, with his general secretary, António Guterres, to the head. He was the first head of the UN to participate in this annual ceremony in the last twelve years.
This year they have attended 3.000 people, many more than in the previous ceremonies of 2020 Y 2021, to pay tribute to the 4,978 victims of the explosion who have died in the last year, bringing the official total to 333,907, because of the nuclear bomb and its effects, launched by usa.
The ceremony included a minute of silence at 8.15 hours, the exact time the bomb was detonated, who immediately killed 140.000 people and exposed many more to radiation.
Kishida has assured that “no matter how narrow, rocky and difficult as the path is” for a world without nuclear weapons, Japan will continue to pursue this goal despite the “tension” global and following three principles: non-possession, no production and no tolerance of nuclear weapons in the country.
Also the mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, has warned against those who believe that nuclear deterrence brings peace. “The only way to guarantee the protection of life and property is to get rid of all nuclear weapons”, has respected, while summoning world leaders to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see for themselves the consequences of a nuclear attack.
Guterres warns of a new arms race
Guterres has warned that “mankind is playing with a loaded gun” for the new arms race in the making. “It is totally unacceptable for nuclear weapon states to admit the possibility of nuclear war. Mankind is playing with a loaded gun”, has warned.
The head of the UN has considered that “nukes don't make any sense”: “We must ask ourselves what we have learned from the mushroom cloud that rose over this city in 1945”, has affected, According to a United Nations statement.
Guterres has lamented the bombing of Japanese territory in World War II. He has also reflected on the geopolitical tensions during the Cold War over the “terrifying threats that brought humanity within minutes of annihilation”.
At the same time, has warned that world leaders are spending vast amounts of money to increase nuclear weapons stockpileswith the consequent acceleration of a new arms race. “Crises with severe nuclear undertones are spreading rapidly, from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, going through the Russian invasion of Ukraine”, has criticized.
Despite warnings of the possible consequences of the current geopolitical instability, the secretary general has claimed to glimpse “signs of hope”.
A) Yes, recalled that in June members of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons met for the first time to develop a roadmap towards a world free of these doomsday weapons. While, has remembered, 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 has urged.