Humanity is ‘one misunderstanding’ away from ‘nuclear annihilation’, says UN chief Antonio Guterres

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After being postponed several times since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 10th review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), an international treaty that came into force in 1970 to prevent the spread of weapons nuclear weapons, taking place until August 26 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Humanity is only “a misunderstanding” or “an error of judgement” from “nuclear annihilation”, the UN Secretary General warned Monday, August 1, considering that such a “danger nuclear power has not been known since the height of the Cold War”.

“We have been extraordinarily lucky so far. But luck is not a strategy or a shield to prevent geopolitical tensions from escalating into nuclear conflict,” Antonio Guterres said at the opening of a conference of 191 countries. signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

13,000 nuclear weapons distributed around the world

“Today, humanity is at a misunderstanding, a miscalculation of nuclear annihilation”, he hammered, calling for building a world “free of nuclear weapons”. After being postponed several times since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 10th review conference of the NPT, an international treaty that came into force in 1970 to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, is being held until 26 August at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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“Eliminating nuclear weapons is the only guarantee that they will never be used,” he added, specifying that he would be going to Hiroshima in a few days for the anniversary of the bombardment. “Nearly 13,000 nuclear weapons are deployed in arsenals around the world. At a time when the risks of proliferation are growing and the safeguards to prevent this escalation are weakening,” he insisted, referring in particular to the “crises” in the Middle East, Korean Peninsula and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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