UN Secretary-General Warns World Is ‘One Misunderstanding, Miscalculation Away From Nuclear Annihilation’

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The world is facing a “nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War,” and humanity is just “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.

The U.N. chief issued the stark warning in New York on Monday at the opening of the Tenth Review Conference for countries signed up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

During the conference, Guterres pointed to some of the current challenges facing global peace and security, noting that the world is under greater stress from climate change issues, conflicts around the world, human rights violations, and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Geopolitical tensions are reaching new highs. Competition is trumping cooperation and collaboration. Distrust has replaced dialogue and disunity has replaced disarmament. States are seeking false security in stockpiling and spending hundreds of billions of dollars on doomsday weapons that have no place on our planet,” Guterres said.

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