Prospect of nuclear war ‘higher than it’s been for generations’, UN warns

Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said that Cold War anti-nuclear treaties were in danger of unraveling – threatening a new arms race. Nakamitsu said, ‘The disarmament and arms control framework upon which the gains of the post-Cold War era were made is eroding, but we have nothing else yet with which to replace it.’

She said, ‘As a result, the prospect of the use of nuclear weapons is higher than it has been in generations.’ In February, America announced that it was to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, due to alleged violations by Russia.

Nakamitsu highlighted the risks at a meeting in support of the international Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was signed almost 50 years ago.

Nakamitsu said that there was ‘dangeorous rhetoric’ around nuclear weapons from several countries, and warned of modernization programmes designed to make weapons faster, stealthier and more accurate. read more