HUMANITY is on the verge of “nuclear annihilation” as the threat reaches its boiling point after four decades, a senior UN official has warned.
The nuclear arms race is shaking the world “unacceptably close” to mass atomic destruction, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
He urged countries that have “stockpiled nearly 14,000 nuclear weapons” to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty to avert an international crisis.
It comes as rich countries continue to display a chain of advanced destructive weapons that could lead to catastrophic conflict.
He addressed the issue in a powerful tweet pleading with world powers.
“Now is the time to definitively lift the cloud of nuclear conflict, eliminate nuclear weapons from our world and usher in a new era of trust and peace,” he wrote.
The recent alliance formed between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia only increased fears that World War III could break out.
The head of the United Nations had previously expressed his concerns about China, North Korea and the United States, among a series of other countries, not yet approving the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
The pact was signed by 185 countries in 1996 but has not yet entered into force.
“We have been in this state of limbo for too long,” he said earlier.
Guterres lobbied nations to heed the decision of the United States and Russia to extend the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
The two states agreed to extend the deal for another five years in January, without renegotiating its terms.
It is the only arms control agreement between two countries that remains in force.
The global call for peace comes as a senior Chinese diplomat has warned his country to reconsider its pledge to only use nuclear weapons in retaliation, in response to new alliances forming in the region.
Former Beijing Ambassador to the UN Sha Zukang said China must launch the first nuclear strike against the United States if Joe Biden continues to defend Taiwan.
He said, “The lack of unconditional first use is not appropriate … unless Sino-US negotiations agree that neither side would use [nuclear weapons] first, otherwise the United States will no longer take passive measures to undermine the effectiveness of China’s strategic forces.
“The strategic pressure on China is intensifying as (the United States) builds new military alliances and increases its military presence in our neighborhood.”
The threat preceded a meeting between the United States, India, Japan and Australia – dubbed the Quad, in Washington, hosted by Joe Biden.
At a meeting of the China Association for Arms Control and Disarmament in Beijing last week, he said, “The policy of not being the first to use nuclear weapons unconditionally has given China a high moral position at the international level.
“But for some time in the future, the United States will see China as its main competitor and even its enemy. Can this policy be reconsidered and refined?”
“A DIVIDED WORLD”
China became a nuclear power in 1964 and adopted this policy four years later.
The country is building nearly 300 new nuclear missile silos, while it is believed to have around 320 nuclear warheads, the Times reports.
Moreover, the comments follow the announcement of the Aukus alliance, which angered China despite the country’s leaders not mentioning the country’s towering power – but hinted at their intentions. behind this decision by discussing “democracy, freedom of navigation and security”.
Biden said: “We will defend our allies and our friends and we will oppose the attempts of the stronger countries to dominate the weaker ones, whether through changes of territory by force, economic coercion, technical exploitation or disinformation.
“But we are not looking – I repeat – we are not looking for a new cold war or a world divided into rigid blocks.”
Meanwhile, tensions have escalated with China’s dispatch of fighter jets to Taiwan after the autonomous island announced plans to join a trade group of 11 Pacific countries that Beijing has also asked to join. join.
Yesterday, China sent 19 warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace before sending five more in a second wave later that day, raising fears of a World War III.
Taiwan has staged spooky biological defense exercises amid fears China could create armed coronaviruses.
“The Chinese Communists have continued to invest heavily in national defense budgets, its military strength has grown rapidly, and it has frequently sent planes and ships to invade and harass our seas and airspace,” the ministry said. the Defense of Taiwan.
“In the face of serious threats from the enemy, the national army is actively engaged in military construction and preparation work, and there is an urgent need to obtain mature and rapid mass production weapons and equipment in a short period of time. of time. “
Deputy Defense Minister Wang Shin-lung said the new weapons will all be made domestically, although the United States will likely remain a major supplier of parts and technology.
Taiwan has been keen to demonstrate that it can defend itself, especially amid questions of whether the United States will come to its aid if China attacks.
The weapons Taiwan aims to purchase include cruise missiles and warships, the ministry said.
Taiwan has already unveiled a class of highly agile stealth warships, which it calls “aircraft carrier killers,” and is also developing its own submarines.
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