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Nuclear weapons risk is highest since Cold War, - UN  

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The UN Under-Secretary-General named a number of reasons, among which highlighted the tense relations between nuclear weapon states, regional conflicts, the growing role of nuclear weapons in national strategies
13:55, 23 June 2021

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The danger of using nuclear weapons is at an unprecedented level in recent decades. UN Under-Secretary-General, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu reported this at a video conference of the Carnegie Endowment.

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"The risk of using nuclear weapons as a result of intentional actions, incidents or miscalculations is the highest since the Cold War," Nakamitsu said at the beginning of her speech.

The UN Under-Secretary-General named a number of reasons, among which highlighted the tense relations between nuclear weapon states, regional conflicts, the growing role of nuclear weapons in national strategies. "Against this background, we have a lack of dialogue, reduced transparency and paralysis of multilateral disarmament talks," she said.

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As it was reported, the conversation between two presidents took place in Geneva on June 16. Among other things, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin discussed nuclear security: both presidents assured that the countries are ready to build their strategies transparently enough to reduce the risk of using nuclear weapons.

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Earlier, North Korea criticized Biden's statements about Pyongyang posing a serious threat to the security of his country and the entire world. Kim also claimed such statements of the White House prove that the U.S. intends to carry on with hostile policy towards the DPRK. The leader also added that nuclear arms development is the country's right for self-defense, and accused Washington of "constant nuclear blackmail".

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