Application risks nuclear weapons have reached levels seen during the Cold War. This was stated by UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday, August 1, at the opening of the conference of the countries parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in New York. He called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons in the world.
“Risk reduction is not enough. The elimination of nuclear weapons is the only guarantee that they will not be used. We must work tirelessly towards this goal,” Guterres said. The UN Secretary General noted that to the world community so far “incredibly lucky”, but “one misunderstanding, one miscalculation” separates the world from destruction by nuclear weapons.
“Humanity is in danger of forgetting the lessons learned from the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Geopolitical tensions have reached new heights,” he said, pointing in particular to Russia’s war against Ukraine and conflicts in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula.
US, UK and France urge Russia to stop “dangerous nuclear rhetoric”
The foreign ministers of the United States, Great Britain and France on Monday expressed their commitment to the NPT and called on Russia to stop using”dangerous nuclear rhetoric” to prevent nuclear war.
“We call on Russia to stop its irresponsible and dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behavior, uphold its international obligations and reaffirm – in word and deed – the principles set out in the leaders’ latest statement on preventing nuclear war and arms races,” the three foreign ministries said in a joint statement. countries.
Annalena Burbock: Russia threatens the achievements of more than 50 years
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock strongly condemned Moscow’s war of aggression against Ukraine and dangerous statements from the Kremlin. Russia is jeopardizing everything that has been achieved under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in more than 50 years, Burbock said. “If today we lower the flag of nuclear disarmament, then the treaty itself, and everything that stands behind it, will perish,” Burbock stressed.