Ukraine conflict sparks ‘Doomsday Clock’ update — RT World News

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The minute hand moved forward 90 seconds from midnight, humanity’s most dangerous time during the fear of nuclear war.

Humanity is at its most dangerous moment in history, with the so-called “Doomsday” clock less than 90 seconds from midnight, as the Russia-Ukraine conflict threatens nuclear war, according to a group of leading nuclear scientists.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists corrected its doomsday date on Tuesday, moving it forward by 10 seconds to reflect the group’s view of how close the world is to widespread catastrophe. Updated every January, the clock is designed to warn people about threats to their lives, including nuclear war, climate change and biotechnology.

The latest revision shows “A period of unprecedented danger”, it mainly – but not exclusively – comes from “Increasing threat of war in Ukraine”, said the group. The Bulletin’s Science and Security Board (SASB) condemned Russia “thinly veiled threats” the use of nuclear weapons, reminding the world that a conflict can spiral out of control and become catastrophic.

“Although the use of nuclear weapons is prohibited in Ukraine, the war defies the nuclear order – the system of treaties and agreements that have been in place for six decades to limit the threat of nuclear weapons,” he said. said Steve Fetter, SASB Fellow, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.


SASB predicted that if the latest nuclear arms treaty between Russia and the United States, New START, is allowed to expire in 2026, a nuclear arms race will begin. Already, China is rapidly expanding its nuclear program, North Korea has stepped up its missile tests, Iran is approaching nuclear weapons capability, and the United States, Russia, and India are modernizing their arsenals.

Elbegdorj Tsakhia, the former president of Mongolia, said that the common thread of all existential threats in the world. “management failure”. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson agrees: “Doomsday is ringing for all mankind. We are on the edge of a precipice, but our leaders are not acting with enough speed or scale to secure the planet. peaceful and livable.

The last time the Doomsday Clock moved forward was 20 seconds in 2020, less than 100 seconds from midnight. It remains unchanged following the group’s 2021 and 2022 reviews.

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