Japan criticized Vladimir Putin’s war speech and rejected Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons

Japan has criticized Vladimir Putin’s war talk and rejected Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons. (EFE) (KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL /)

The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishidacriticized Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons, At a time when the country commemorates this Sunday the 78th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

About 140,000 people died on August 6, 1945 and 74,000 in nagasaki three days later when USA dropped nuclear bombs on those two Japanese cities days before the end of the second world warhe.

Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic bombing in the war, will continue efforts for a world free of nuclear weapons.”, the Japanese prime minister said at a ceremony in Hiroshima.

“The road to achieving this is made increasingly difficult by the deep divisions in the international community over nuclear disarmament and by the Russia nuclear threat“, lament.

“Given this situation, it is even more important to regain international momentum towards achieving a world free of nuclear weapons,” Kishida added.

The Japanese leader, whose family is originally from Hiroshima, insisted that the “devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons can never be repeated.”

“The path to achieve this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the deep divisions in the international community over nuclear disarmament and the nuclear threat from Russia,” lamented the Japanese prime minister. (REUTERS) (MAXIM SHEMETOV /)

Kishida’s comments echo those of the United Nations chief, Antonio Guterreswho issued a statement on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing in which he criticized that “some countries are recklessly swinging the nuclear saber again, threatening to use these tools of annihilation”.

In the face of these threats, the global community must speak with one voice. Any use of nuclear weapons is unacceptableGuterres said.

At the ceremony in Hiroshima, thousands of people, including survivors, family members and dignitaries from a record 111 countries, prayed for the fatalities and injuries and called for world peace.

However, for the second consecutive year Hiroshima does not invite Russia nor to belarus to the event due to the war with Ukraine.

The participants, many of them dressed in black, offered a moment of silence at 08:15 local time, when the first nuclear bomb was dropped.

Earlier this month, more than 100 medical journals around the world issued a rare joint petition to urgently eliminate nuclear weapons, warning that the threat of nuclear catastrophe is “great and growing.”

António Guterres criticized that
António Guterres criticized that “some countries are recklessly brandishing the nuclear saber again, threatening to use these tools of annihilation.” (REUTERS) (BRENDAN MCDERMID /)

The danger is important and growing”wrote in a joint editorial the editors-in-chief of several prestigious magazines, including BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, or New England Journal of Medicine.

Nuclear-weapon states must eliminate their nuclear arsenals before they eliminate us”, the article says.

“The fact that all these leading magazines agree to publish the same editorial points to the extreme urgency of the current nuclear crisis,” he declared. Chris Zielinskyof the World Association of Medical Press Editors.

“Even a ‘limited’ nuclear war involving just 250 of the 13,000 nuclear weapons in the world could kill 120 million people and cause a global climate disruption that would lead to nuclear famine and put 2 billion people at risk,” the authors said.


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