Video PlayerClose UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — Top United Nations officials on Wednesday called on the international community to make efforts to create a future free from the nuclear threat. “Seventy-five years ago, a single nuclear weapon visited unspeakable death and destruction upon this city,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his video message to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, a Japanese vigil held annually on Aug. 6 local time. The memorial ceremony is to remember the victims of the atomic bombs and to pray for the realization of lasting world peace. Recalling the birth of the United Nations in 1945, the same year when the nuclear bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Guterres said, “Since its earliest days and resolutions, the organization has recognized the need to totally eliminate nuclear weapons.” “Yet, that goal remains unachieved,” he said, adding that the web of arms control, transparency and confidence-building instruments established during the Cold War and afterwards, is fraying. Against the backdrop of division, distrust and a lack of dialogue among states modernizing their nuclear arsenals and developing new dangerous weapons and delivery systems, he fears that the prospect of a nuclear-weapon-free world “seems to be slipping further from our… Read full this story
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