United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (August 9th) called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
It was the first time a UN Secretary-General attended the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony held every year. His predecessor, Ban Ki-moon was the first to attend the anniversary event commemorating the Hiroshima atomic bombing in 2010.
During his speech, Guterres said fears of a nuclear war still exist today, and disarmament remains the highest priority for the United Nations.
The Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue, at the same ceremony called on the Japanese government to join the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons treaty in order to lead a nuclear-free world.
Japan, the only country to suffer atomic bombings, did not take part in UN negotiations on the treaty, saying such talks without nuclear-armed countries participating would not contribute to bringing about a world without nuclear weapons.