UN boss Antonio Guterres,

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called for nuclear test ban to prevent “catastrophic impact” on humanity.

Speaking at a high-level General Assembly meeting in New York, the UN boss said that the catastrophic atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should never happen again.

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“Last month I visited Japan and met with survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki,” he said.

“Through the testimony of the survivors – the Hibakusha – we are reminded of the need to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.”

Guterres also stressed the need to “remember the victims of the disastrous era of widespread nuclear testing.”

“The legacy of more than 2,000 nuclear tests has touched people and communities in many regions, from the residents of Semipalatinsk and the steppe of Kazakhstan, to South Pacific islanders, and the Maralinga Tjarutja people of South Australia,” he said.