The single agreement, which limits the size of the largest nuclear arsenals in the world (START II), expires in early 2021.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteresha said that the low rate of progress towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons puts the world in danger. Xinhua reports.
“Some states see nuclear weapons as important to their national security and survival. However, the destruction of nuclear weapons is also important outside of this state: the preservation of life on this planet,” the UN Secretary-General said.
According to him, nuclear disarmament has been a priority for the UN since its creation, but 75 years after the UN was founded and bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world continues to live in the shadow of nuclear disaster.
Gutteres specified that increased tension between the nuclear-weapon states increased nuclear risks, and the modernization of arsenals shifted the arms race from the category of just the number of warheads to “quick, hidden, and accurate weapons”.
The Secretary-General also pointed out that the funds spent on nuclear arsenal upgrades are impressive.
It is noted that the single agreement that limits the size of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals (START II) expires early next year, which “creates an alarming possibility of a return to unlimited strategic competition.
Gutteres urged the U.S. and Russia to extend the agreement to a maximum five-year duration.
Earlier it was reported that the chairman of the UN Security Council in September, the post-president of Niger at the organization Abdou Abarri said that Armenia and Azerbaijan should immediately stop fighting and sit down at the negotiating table.
It was also reported that UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that humanity is at war with nature, which has put many species at risk.