UN chief: ‘nuclear annihilation’ just one mistake away

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UN chief: ‘nuclear annihilation’ just one mistake away

The world is now “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” says UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

As a result of nuclear threats originating from the conflict in Ukraine as well as from conflicts in Asia and the Middle East, the world is at risk of nuclear devastation.

On Monday (August 1), Guterres issued a warning during the opening of the landmark review of the 50-year-old Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which aims to achieve a nuclear-free world.

In light of the nearly 13,000 nuclear weapons present in nuclear arsenals around the world and the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on “doomsday weapons,” Guterres warns that “geopolitical weapons are reaching new highs.”

“We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict,” he said. BKM/ Expat Media


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