UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised in his message to Hiroshima Peace Memorial the United States and Russia for making a step towards reducing the risk of nuclear disaster by engaging in dialogue and extending the new strategic arms reduction treaty.
Guterres expressed deep concerns over the lack of progress towards a nuclear-free world due to the constant race among countries to modernize their nuclear arsenals, but the extending of the New START treaty is reducing the risk of nuclear catastrophe.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial events on the 76th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima have been scaled down due to Covid-19 pandemic with only 800 officials from more than 80 countries and regions taking part.
US bomber B-29 Enola Gay bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 using 4 tonne uranium bomb that killed more than 140,000 people, while Nagasaki was destroyed three days later with plutonium bomb that killed 70.000 people. The radiation they caused claimed another 152,000 lives over the years.