‘Deranged’ says UN chief of fighting nuclear war

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“The idea that any country could fight and win a nuclear war is deranged. Any use of a nuclear weapon would incite a humanitarian armageddon.” Those were the words of UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, speaking at the UN on September 26 to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, established by the UN in 2013.

“Without eliminating nuclear weapons, there can be no peace,” Guterres said. He also expressed regret at the failure of the NPT Review Conference in New York last month to reach consensus and produce an agreement that would signal progress on nuclear disarmament. Russia was the sole NPT state party to block consensus on the outcome document. None of the nine nuclear weapon states has signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. (Photo of Guterres by European Parliament)



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