“Dear Secretary General, the world must also never forget that this crime was committed by the United States, being the only country to use the atomic bomb against civilians. Without any military need. It would be right if you mentioned this in your statements,” Polyansky wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday, Guterres took part in a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He urged not to forget about the tragedy, but did not say that the United States dropped bombs on these cities. At the same time, Guterres stressed that “nuclear weapons have no place on our planet.”
Earlier that day, during a memorial service for the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Kazumi Matsui quoted Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in a speech.
The day before, Deputy Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins said that the United States will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons to non-nuclear countries that are members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Prior to this, on August 1, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also said that Washington would consider using nuclear weapons only in emergency circumstances. He noted that this would only be possible to protect the vital interests of the country, its allies and partners.
On the same day, Guterres noted that the current danger of the use of nuclear weapons exceeds the level that existed during the Cold War. According to him, humanity risks forgetting the lessons of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Meanwhile, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said on March 23 that the United States did everything possible to erase from the memory of the Japanese the theme of the nuclear bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, committed by him in 1945 during World War II.
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped a four-tonne uranium bomb called “Baby” on the city center. The radius of complete destruction was 1.6 km, the radius of the blast wave was about 20 km.
As a result of the explosion of the atomic bomb in one day, according to various estimates, from 70 thousand to 100 thousand people died. By the end of 1945, the number of victims had risen to 140,000: people were dying from their wounds and exposure.