Almost 13,000 nuclear weapons are stored in arsenals around the world, but they must be “forever wiped off the face of the earth.”

About it declared UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a ceremony in Hiroshima, Ukrinform reports.

“Crisis with serious nuclear overtones are rapidly spreading from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine… Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” Guterres warned.

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The UN Secretary General stressed that a new arms race is gaining momentum, world leaders are increasing their stockpiles of nuclear weapons worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Now about 13,000 nuclear weapons are stored in arsenals around the world.

He stressed that nuclear weapons should be “forever wiped off the face of the earth.”

Guterres called the NPT conference in New York “a sign of hope.”

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“Today, from this sacred place, I call on the parties to this Treaty to urgently work to eliminate stockpiles that threaten our future, strengthen dialogue, diplomacy and negotiations, and support my disarmament agenda by eliminating these means of destruction,” the Secretary General stressed. .

He stated that countries that possess nuclear weapons should commit to “not being the first to use them” and reassure other states that they will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against them.

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As reported, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Mykola Tochitsky at the UN conference on the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons stressed that the Russian Federation today threatens international security by resorting to attacks on nuclear facilities located on the territory of Ukraine.

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