BREAKING – UN – “We Are JUST ONE MISCALCULATION AWAY FROM NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION!!”
NOW – UN chief Antonio Guterres: Humanity is "one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation." pic.twitter.com/akeMHlqJZd
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The world is one misstep from devastating nuclear war and in peril not seen since the Cold War, the UN Secretary General has warned.
“We have been extraordinarily lucky so far,” Antonio Guterres said.
Amid rising global tensions, “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation”, he added.
His remarks came at the opening of a conference for countries signed up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The 1968 deal was introduced after the Cuban missile crisis, an event often portrayed as the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. The treaty was designed to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to more countries, and to pursue the ultimate goal of complete nuclear disarmament.
Almost every nation on Earth is signed up to the NPT, including the five biggest nuclear powers. But among the handful of states never to sign are four known or suspected to have nuclear weapons: India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan.
Secretary General Guterres said the “luck” the world had enjoyed so far in avoiding a nuclear catastrophe may not last – and urged the world to renew a push towards eliminating all such weapons.
“Luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict,” he said.
And he warned that those international tensions were “reaching new highs” – pointing specifically to the invasion of Ukraine, tensions on the Korean peninsula and in the Middle East as examples.
Nuclear annihilation just one miscalculation away, UN chief warns https://t.co/WFAkxWEOOT
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 2, 2022
The secretary general of the UN warned on Monday that humanity was “just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” citing the war in Ukraine among other conflicts driving the risk higher. https://t.co/7RdGyPziUb pic.twitter.com/heKJOrWeHN
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 2, 2022