UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns against nuclear weapons development . Fears of a third atomic bombing have increased since Russia's war on Ukraine began in February .
TOKYO (Koyo) — Officials, including the UN's president, warned against nuclear weapons development on Saturday, sparking fears of another such attack in Russia's conflict with Ukraine.Nuclear weapons are nonsense.According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who attended the prayer at the Hiroshima Peace Park, they do not guarantee security but death and destruction.We must ask what we've learnt from the mushroom cloud that swelled over this city in 1945, he said.Three days later, it dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 people.On Aug. 15, Japan surrendered to Japan, ending World War II and Japan's nearly half-century of aggression in Asia.Since Russia's war on Ukraine began in February, fears of a third atomic bombing have increased.Guterres said that attacks with severe nuclear undertones are rapidly spreading in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. In his peace agreement, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui accused Putin of using his own people as weapons of war and looting the lives and livelihoods of innocent civilians in another country.Matsui said that Russia's war against Ukraine is assisting in the development of nuclear deterrence, and that the world should avoid repeating the same mistakes that sank his city nearly eight decades ago.At 8:15 am on Saturday, participants, including government officials and diplomats, observed a moment of silence at the sound of a peace bell, the time when the US B-29 dropped the bomb on the city.About 400 doves, which are thought of as symbols of stability, were released. Kishida led Guterres to the peace museum, where they each folded an origami crane, a symbol of peace and nuclear weapons abatement.Russia and its ally Belarus were not invited to this year's peace memorial.Mikhail Galuzin, the Russian ambassador to Japan, offered flowers at a park memorial epitaph on Thursday and told reporters that his country would never use nuclear weapons.At the memorial, Kishida said that the world is continuing to be infested with nuclear weapons. No matter how narrow, steep, or difficult Japan's course is toward a world without nuclear weapons, it will proceed forward.Kishida, who will host a Group of Seven summit meeting in Hiroshima in May, said he hopes to unite the G7 leaders before the peace monument to ensure that peace and international order are maintained under the universal principles of freedom and democracy.Matsui chastised nuclear weapon states, including Russia, for failing to take steps despite their pledge to follow nuclear non-proliferation agreements.Instead of imagining a world without nuclear weapons as a distant dream, they should be taking concrete steps toward its realization, he said. Kishida said the deal, which does not include the United States and other nuclear powers, is unrealistic at the moment, and that Japan must bridge the gap between non-nuclear and nuclear powers.Many of the survivors of the bombings have long-term injuries and illnesses as a result of the explosions and radiation exposure, and are discriminated against in Japan.After more than 20 years of hard work by the government, the government started to offer medical assistance to qualified survivors in 1968.According to the Health and Welfare Ministry, 118,935 survivors, whose average age now stands at 84, are now eligible for government medical assistance. Aging survivors, also known as hibakusha, continue to demand a nuclear ban and want to entice younger generations to participate in the movement.Guterres sent a note to young people: Finish the work the hibakusha have begun.Carry their message forward.We must think in their names, in their honor, and in their memories.