SHAFAQNA -Â The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the world to get rid of nuclear weapons at a commemoration ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the US nuclear attack on Nagasaki â€“ the second, and so farÂ the last â€“ bombing in the history of nuclear warfare.
â€œNagasaki must be the last. We cannot allow any future use of nuclear weapons. Their humanitarian consequences are too great,â€ Ban Ki-moonâ€™s message said as he addressed thousands through his representative at the Peace Memorial Ceremony.
â€œI wholeheartedly join you in sounding a global rallying cry: No more Nagasakis. No more Hiroshimas,â€Â he added.
Demilitarization should be put â€œback on the agenda of international politics,â€ believes Ban Ki-moon. â€œThis includes a reduction of military budgets, a moratorium on the development of new types of weapons and a prohibition on militarizing space.â€
The last Soviet leader, and Noble Peace Price recipient, Mikhail Gorbachev, this week reminded the world that nuclear weapons can easily â€œwipe out the entirety of civilizationâ€.
He stressed that â€œeveryone will lose, including those now seeking to dominate the world.â€