The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterreswarned on Monday, August 1, 2022, to the world that “humanity is only one misunderstanding, one miscalculation, away from the nuclear annihilation“.
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Anthony Guterres issued the dire warning at the opening of the long-overdue high-level meeting to review the landmark 50-year treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. He especially cited the war in Ukraine and the threat of nuclear weapons to conflicts in the Middle East and Asia, two regions “tothe brink of catastrophe”.
Guterres told ministers, officials and diplomats attending the month-long conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that the meeting is taking place “at a critical point for our collective peace and security” and “at a time of danger nuclear power not seen since the height of the Cold War.
The conference is “an opportunity to work hard on measures that will help prevent a certain disaster and put humanity on a new path towards a world free of nuclear weapons,” the secretary general stressed.
Nevertheless, Guterres warned that “geopolitical weapons are reaching new highs” as nearly 13,000 nuclear weapons are in arsenals around the world and countries seeking “false security” are spending hundreds of billions of dollars on “weapons of the end.” of the world”.
“All of this at a time when proliferation risks are rising and the barriers to prevent escalation are weakening,” he said. “And when crises – with a nuclear background – fester from the Middle East and the Korean peninsula to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Guterres called on conference participants to take several steps: Urgently strengthen and reaffirm “the 77-year rule against the use of nuclear weapons,” work tirelessly for the elimination of nuclear weapons with new commitments to reduce stockpiles, address “latent tensions in the Middle East and Asia” and promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology.
With AP information