Hiroshima Mayor Quotes Tolstoy at 1945 Victims Remembrance Ceremony
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called for a total ban on nuclear weapons. As he read out the peace declaration in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he quoted the Russian classic Leo Tolstoy, Nikkei reports. It is necessary that all buttons for launching nuclear missiles become redundant. In this regard, we should once again reflect on the words of the writer Leo Tolstoy: “You cannot build happiness on someone else’s misfortune, but it is in the happiness of others that your happiness is hidden,” & mdash; said Matsui.
UN Secretary General António Guterres, speaking at the ceremony, called the scenario of the use of nuclear weapons senseless. “It is absolutely unacceptable that nuclear-weapon states allow the possibility of nuclear war,” — he said. According to him, world leaders must permanently abandon the use of nuclear weapons.
At the end of World War II, the US military carried out atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which was the only case of combat use of nuclear weapons in history. After that, the Japanese government announced its surrender.
According to various estimates, 70-100 thousand people died from the explosions. Five years from radioactive contamination, cancer and other delayed effects, the total death toll could exceed 300 thousand people.
In early August, Guterres also said that due to the current geopolitical situation, a treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons is more necessary than ever. According to him, the danger of nuclear annihilation has now reached the level of the Cold War. “Today humanity is only one misunderstanding, one miscalculation, from nuclear annihilation. <…> So far we have been lucky, but luck— this is not a strategy, — he emphasized.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking at the same conference, assured that Washington would use nuclear weapons only under emergency circumstances and in order to protect the vital interests of the States and their partners.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a greeting to the conference participants, said that there can be no winners in a nuclear war, therefore it should never be unleashed. He also emphasized the importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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