United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared today that „only one misunderstanding, one misjudgment separates humanity from nuclear annihilation“.
He said this at the beginning of a long-delayed high-level meeting at the UN, to revise the international agreement on the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Guterres specifically mentioned the war in Ukraine and the threat of nuclear weapons in conflicts in the Middle East and Asia.
He added that the current threat of nuclear conflict „has not been seen since the height of the Cold War“.
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has been in force since 1970 and has been signed by 191 countries.
Then the five original nuclear powers, the US, China, Russia (then the Soviet Union), Britain and France, agreed to negotiate the future elimination of their arsenals.
States without nuclear weapons have pledged not to build them, in exchange for a guarantee that they will be able to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.