UNITED NATIONS-United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has, in a speech, condemned “the rattling of nuclear sabers” and called for the end of “nuclear blackmail” and recommitment to peace. 

The UN chief’s call comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin made a veiled threat to use nuclear weapons last week, though the UN chief did not specifically name Russia or Putin. 

Guterres was speaking at an event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held as the annual debate in the UN General Assembly Hall ended Monday.

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive power ever created. They offer no security just carnage and chaos. Their elimination would be the greatest gift we could bestow on future generations, he said. 

The UN chief recalled that the Cold War had brought humanity within minutes of annihilation. Yet decades after it ended, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, we can hear once again the rattling of nuclear sabres, he said.