U.N. chief seeks action

Jiji Press NAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for concrete action to break the deadlock in global talks on nuclear disarmament, at a ceremony on Thursday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

“I convey my deepest respect and condolences to everyone here today, and to all the victims and survivors” of the atomic bombings of the city and Hiroshima, Guterres said in a speech at the ceremony, held at Nagasaki Peace Park.

“Here in Nagasaki, I call on all countries to commit to nuclear disarmament and to start making visible progress as a matter of urgency,” he said. “Nuclear-weapon states have a special responsibility to lead” the global efforts for nuclear disarmament, he stressed.Speech

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