Guterres is in the Japanese city for the 77th anniversary of the American atomic bombings that razed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
He warned of the current international tensions, which are reminiscent of what happened at the end of the Second World War or the nuclear threat during the Cold War. He referred, among other things, to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Humanity is playing with fire,” he said.
The Russian ambassador to Japan was not welcome at the memorial ceremony on Saturday. He already laid a flower wreath in Hiroshima on Thursday.
About 140,000 people were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima. This also concerns people who subsequently died as a result of the effects of radioactive radiation.