The world is staring at the ‘LOADED GUN’ of nuclear Armageddon, the top UN chief warns amid tensions with Russia and China

THE world is staring at the “loaded weapon” of nuclear Armageddon, the United Nations chief has warned amid rising tensions with Russia and China.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima to sound the alarm on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world was staring at a

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world was staring at a “loaded weapon” of nuclear warPhoto credit: Getty
Guterres urged attendees to commemorate the more than 140,000 Japanese who died in Hiroshima

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Guterres urged attendees to commemorate the more than 140,000 Japanese who died in Hiroshima

More than 140,000 people died when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, wiping out the city and many of its residents.

Washington DC would fall on Nagasaki another three days later, killing more than 70,000 people, ending World War II.

The bombing left a scar on the Japanese psyche as hundreds of thousands of survivors were left faceless or eyeless by the horrific blast.

Guterres used the somber speech to warn that the crises in Ukraine and Taiwan would bring the world closer to a nuclear brink.

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Drawing parallels to the past, he reminded attendees that “tens of thousands” perished in the “hellish fire” that 77 years ago instantly consumed the ground on which he stood.

“We must ask: what have we learned from the mushroom cloud that swelled over this city?”

Guterres reiterated warnings he made earlier this week at a NPT conference in New York, where he warned that “crises with serious nuclear overtones” would spread quickly.

“Humanity is playing with a loaded gun,” he said.

He then accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using the Ukrainians as a “tool of war.”

He said the Russian tyrant “used his own people as instruments of war and stole the lives and livelihoods of innocent civilians in another country.”

It comes as a senior British general warned that Putin could use tactical nuclear weapons if his forces lose ground in Ukraine.

Sir Richard Barrons – who retired in 2016 – stated that Russian doctrine accepts the use of small nuclear weapons as a means of “coercion”.

“It would be the first use of nuclear weapons in 77 years and would break an enormous taboo, but that is not unthinkable for the Russians if the goals they see justify it,” he wrote in the Sunday Times.

Sir Richard warned the West that it must take into account the fact that Putin is now “likely to use tactical nuclear weapons” if pushed back in Ukraine.

And with Ukraine likely to launch a new offensive to try to drive out the Russians, the leading general said Russia could put nuclear weapons on the table as early as the first months of 2023.

Sir Richard wrote: “A broader Ukrainian offensive and mobilization, expected as early as next spring, could result in successes on the battlefield and the liberation of the country conquered by Russia.

“This could lead to other risks.

“If Putin anticipates defeat, will he be tempted to use tactical nuclear weapons to change the reality of the battlefield?”

Britain’s top security chief, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, said rising tensions between the West and Russia and China made the use of world-destroying weapons more likely.

He said the war in Ukraine, combined with the secret regimes in Moscow and Beijing, means we are “more likely to see ‘escalation wormholes’ – sudden, unpredictable failures in the fabric of deterrence that cause rapid escalation into a strategic conflict “.

Speaking in Washington DC at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he said nuclear war was only averted during the Cold War because the Soviet Union and NATO were able to speak to each other with a mutual understanding that was his I don’t think there is today.

Speaking as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un warned South Korea was pushing the world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon, he said tensions are rising in the South China Sea amid fears Beijing will invade its smaller neighbor Taiwan.

China launched a barrage of ballistic missiles that landed in Taiwan’s blocked waters on Thursday amid huge military exercises just 12 miles from the island’s coast.

It comes as China launched its biggest-ever military drills around Taiwan in a show of force on key international shipping lanes on Thursday.

Taiwan has been on high alert as China staged a series of war games on the island in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Polosi this week.

The senior UN official used a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to issue his stark warning

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The senior UN official used a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to issue his stark warningPhoto credit: Getty

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