UN Chief Warns Hinting Nuke Use ‘Unacceptable’ When Tensions are High

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Saturday that a new arms race is accelerating and that it is “totally unacceptable” for countries with nuclear weapons to even “admit the possibility” of using them. 

“Crises with grave nuclear undertones are spreading fast – from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” Guterres said in his speech during the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Saturday. 

“Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” Guterres added. 

Guterres called on state parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to “work urgently to eliminate the stockpiles that threaten our future.” 

“We must keep the horrors of Hiroshima in view at all times, recognizing there is only one solution to the nuclear threat. Not to have nuclear weapons at all,” Guterres said. 

During his four-day visit to Japan, Guterres would be meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and and several Japanese senior officials, and with a group of surviving victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and participate in a dialogue with young activists who are leading initiatives on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and other global issues.

Guterres will also have a meeting with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, and have an audience with Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo. 

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