U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned on the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Saturday that a new arms race is accelerating and it is “totally unacceptable” for countries with nuclear weapons to even “admit the possibility” of using them.
Guterres became the first serving U.N. chief to visit Hiroshima since 2010. In a flurry of activity, he conversed with atomic bomb survivors, met with Mayor Kazumi Matsui and toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech at a ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2022, at the Peace Memorial Park in the Japanese city. (Kyodo)
“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 at an annual memorial…