GLOBAL CONFLICT: Just one misunderstanding away from Armageddon – Analysis
Posted By: GEO´ Newsteam
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has warned that humanity is just one misunderstanding away from ‘nuclear annihilation’ quoting that the current nuclear danger has not been seen since the height of the Cold War.
Speaking in New York yesterday he said that as geopolitical tensions reach new highs, and some governments are spending billions on nuclear weapons in a false bid for peace and security, countries must uphold the nearly 80-year norm against their use.
The Secretary-General seized the opportunity to highlight some of the current challenges to global peace and security, with the world under greater stress due to the climate crisis, stark inequalities, conflicts and human rights violations, as well as the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Geopolitical tensions are reaching new highs. Competition is trumping co-operation 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,” he said. Adding that “There are currently, almost 13,000 nuclear weapons being held in arsenals around the world”
“All this at a time when the risks of proliferation are growing and guardrails to prevent escalation are weakening. And when crises — with nuclear undertones — are festering, From the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. To the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and to many other factors around the world.”
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