United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has renewed his call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

Iran PressAmerica: "Decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we can hear once again the rattling of nuclear sabres," Guterres told a special UN General Assembly session on nuclear disarmament on Monday.

“Let me be clear – the era of nuclear blackmail must end,” he said. “The idea that any country could fight and win a nuclear war is deranged. Any use of a nuclear weapon would incite a humanitarian armageddon,” he said.

“Without eliminating nuclear weapons, there can be no peace.”

In late August, the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons failed to result in the adoption of an outcome document.

Expressing disappointment about the conference's failure to reach a substantive outcome, Guterres vowed that "we will not give up."

"I urge all states to use every avenue of dialogue, diplomacy and negotiation to ease tensions, reduce risk and eliminate the nuclear threat," he said.

Guterres also called for a new vision for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

He highlighted the need to take into account the evolving nuclear order, including all types of nuclear weapons and their means of delivery, as well as the need to address the blurring lines between strategic and conventional weapons and the nexus with new domains of cyber and outer space.

The UN chief urged General Assembly delegates to seize the opportunity and make new commitments to work toward a peaceful future.

"Without eliminating nuclear weapons, there can be no peace. There can be no trust. And there can be no sustainable future," he said.  


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