Duterte urges nations to abandon nuclear weapons: ‘Never destroy’
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte called on nations to reject war and trace a path towards peace.
Duterte made the statement in a video message during the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima.
“Today, we remember the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: No goals, however lofty, can justify weapons that destroy with such unforgiving brutality,” the Chief Executive said.
“We must not forget: Nuclear weapons will not make us freer, stronger, or more secure. We must not waver: All nations should reject war and do everything to pave the path for peace. We must be firm: All nations must work together to eliminate nuclear weapons,” he also said.
“We have learned from the lessons: In their relations with others, nations must build. Never destroy,” he added.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, Belgium Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister Philippe Goffin, and Lithuania President Gitanas Nauseda also recorded a joint video message to commemorate the world’s first atomic bomb attack.