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Duterte urges nations to abandon nuclear weapons: ‘Never destroy’

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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.

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