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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the world to renounce nuclear weapons.

His remarks came in a video message delivered to a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan on Thursday.

“Seventy-five years ago, a single nuclear weapon visited unspeakable death and destruction upon this city”, he said. “The effects linger to this day”.

According to him, Hiroshima and its people have chosen not to be characterized by calamity, but instead by “resilience, reconciliation and hope”.

As “unmatched advocates for nuclear disarmament”, the survivors, known as hibakusha, have turned their tragedy into “a rallying voice for the safety and well-being of all humanity”, he added.

“Since its earliest days and resolutions, the Organization has recognized the need to totally eliminate nuclear weapons”, Mr. Guterres said. Yet, that goal remains elusive.

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