Guterres warns of ‘nuclear annihilation’ at conference over nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
03 August 2022 | 4:44 pm
The UN secretary general has warned that geopolitical tensions are at levels not seen since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Germain Foreign Minister Baerbock has called for further disarmament.
After coalition wrangling over nuclear power, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided that all three plants should run throughout the winter. Germany has been scrambling to reorganize its energy mix amid gas cuts.
The IAEA has said Iran is continuing to accelerate its nuclear program and is producing highly enriched uranium at a new site.
Moscow has said it had "no other choice" than to postpone negotiations on the New START nuclear treaty capping the number of warheads each country has. The US says the treaty is "important for the world."
The JET nuclear fusion experimental facility in the United Kingdom has set a new world energy record.
Russia hoped to conquer Ukraine in days. Seven months later, its army has retreated from some occupied territories amid a successful Ukrainian counteroffensive. There are now fears Moscow could consider a nuclear option to regain control.
Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), addressed the danger of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine in an interview with FRANCE 24 from Vienna. "We expect that no use of a nuclear weapon whatsoever will take place in this or in any other conflict," Grossi said when asked about recent threats by Moscow.
In an interview with FRANCE 24 from Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that any use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine would have "severe, dramatic consequences for Russia", calling Russian President Vladimir Putin's nuclear rhetoric "reckless and dangerous".
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Kim stressed the need to secure "overwhelming military power" to defend Pyongyang's sovereignty, according to state media. His remarks came after North Korea tested yet another missile, after a year of record launches.
Thirty years ago, the United States and Russia agreed to reduce and limit their nuclear weapons and signed the START II treaty. Today, with a war raging in Ukraine, all hopes for disarmament seem to have been shattered.
Public anger is growing after a Tokyo court ruled that despite seismologists' warnings, TEPCO officials could not have anticipated the powerful earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
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